1st Edition

The School Handbook for Dual and Multiple Exceptionality High Learning Potential with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities

By Denise Yates, Adam Boddison Copyright 2020
    110 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    110 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The School Handbook for Dual and Multiple Exceptionality (DME) offers a range of practical strategies to support SENCOs, GATCOs, school leaders and governors in developing effective provision for children that have both High Learning Potential and Special Educational Needs or Disabilities. Building on the principles of child-centred provision and coproduction, it provides useful tips on developing the school workforce to better identify and meet the needs of learners with DME.

    Relevant for learners in primary, secondary or specialist settings, the book focuses on ways of meeting individual needs and maximising personal and academic outcomes. It includes:

    • An explanation of what DME is and why we should care about it
    • Practical advice and guidance for SENCOs, GATCOs and school leaders on developing the school workforce
    • A discussion of the strategic role of governors and trustees in the context of DME
    • Suggested approaches to ensure effective coproduction between families and professionals
    • Case studies exploring the experiences of learners with DME
    • Sources of ongoing support and resources from professional organisations and key influencers.

    This book will be beneficial to all those teachers, school leaders, SENCOs, GATCOs, governors and trustees looking to support learners by identifying and understanding DME. It recognises the central role that leaders and governors play in setting the inclusive ethos of a school and suggests ways for schools to ensure that all learners have the opportunity to meet their full potential.

    Introduction  Chapter 1 – What is DME and why should we care?  Chapter 2 – Equipping the school workforce  Chapter 3 – Leadership and Governance  3.1  Chapter 4 – Effective relationships with learners and their families  Chapter 5 – DME provision: real stories  Conclusion: the way forward for DME in your school


    Denise Yates has worked in education and training for more than 35 years with a range of vulnerable groups, including ex-offenders. For ten years, Denise was Chief Executive of the national charity Potential Plus UK (formerly The National Association for Gifted Children).


    Adam Boddison is Chief Executive of nasen (National Association for Special Educational Needs) and a Trustee of The Potential Trust. Adam was formerly Director of the Centre for Professional Education at the University of Warwick and Academic Principal for IGGY (a global educational social network for gifted teenagers). 


    "This readable and engaging Handbook clearly explains what Dual and Multiple Exceptionality (DME) is and then applies this understanding to teachers’ daily classroom practice and its impact for learners. Written by experts in high learning potential and special educational needs this book uses actual case studies to illustrate the fact that every child and young person is an individual who deserves a holistic view of their educational provision."

    Dr Sue Soan, Senior Lecturer, Canterbury Christ Church University

    "An accessible and informative read about an often overlooked group of learners. Presented in an engaging format through the use of real children’s experiences, this book provides an excellent guidance and reference point for helping to identify and better understand learners with complex needs and how to maximise their considerable potential in the classroom."

    Ellen Sargeant, Primary School Teacher

    "This is a most authoritative and timely book and I liked the format. A book written by experts in an easy to absorb language. Essential reading for school leaders, Heads of Inclusion, SENCos and GATCos. Follow this ‘yellow brick road’ and it really will raise the school’s standards of achievement. Inclusion, coproduction and an emphasis on strengths - a recipe for society as a whole"

    Prof Diane Montgomery – Professor Emerita at Middlesex University