Personalizing Education

A person-centred approach for children with special educational needs

November 2018
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  • Publisher
    Trentham Books
  • Published
    30th November 2018
  • ISBN 9781858568805
  • Language English
  • Pages 148 pp.
  • Size 6.125" x 9.21"

Person-centered reviews (PCRs) can enable children with special needs--even very young children--to be equal partners in the team that determines what support they need and how it should be carried out. With its critical psychology perspective, and informed by an extensive empirical research study with children, young people and their families, the book illustrates how the process can secure optimal outcomes for each young person requiring support. It presents case studies and evidence-based insights, and provides practical resources for use when running PCRs in education, social care and healthcare settings.

"An utterly brilliant practical guide to the person centred approach! It showcases the central concepts of authentic co-production for sustainable change: agency, collaboration, autonomy and empowerment -- a truly child-centred model for inclusion. A must read for educational practitioners keen to contribute to small world change!"

Danni Lacey-Scane, Primary School Inclusion Manager, Ashleigh Primary School and Nursery

"This book links national policies to support children who have SEND with the application of person-centred reviews in educational settings, bringing to life the experiences of children, parents, school staff and professionals. The theories and strategies described for helping empower children and their families to work alongside professionals in constructing personal learning plans are invaluable."

Dr Shinel Chidley, Educational Psychologist

"A thought-provoking and reflective resource for researchers, commissioners of services, and practitioners who are looking to develop person-centred ways of working. It weaves together cultural context, theory and key research, to present practical step-by-step guidance to person-centred approaches that empower children to participate actively in creating their future learning plans."

Dr. Claire Darwin, School of Psychology and Education, University of Suffolk

1. Becoming person-centred

2. Experiences of formal and informal SEND processes

3. Preparing for a PCR

4. Experiences of PCRs

5. Summary and conclusions



Nick Hammond

Nick Hammond is an educational and child psychologist, a social theatre practitioner and film maker.

Nicola Palmer

Nicola Palmer is a trainee educational psychologist at the University of East Anglia.