Needs as a dimension of difference

There continues to be a lack of conceptual clarity about the terms special and/or additional support needs. However, the following text provides a thorough overview of special education from a wide range of differing perspectives:

These differences in understandings  are exacerbated because of variations in legislation associated with special and additional support needs: not only between the four nations of the UK but also elsewhere. Since legislation regarding special and additional support needs frequently changes, for up-to-date information please see the relevant government education websites.

Other texts that explore the conceptual complexity of special and additional support needs, as well as offer general guidance to support class teachers include:

There are also many websites that offer practical advice to teachers with regard to particular learning needs and disabilities. For example:

See also the nasen website for a wide range of advice and support  for teachers, children and their families:

Through this website, nasen also provides a series of on-line training materials: