Personalizing Education

A person-centred approach for children with special educational needs

Paperback / softback, 148 pages, 234 mm x 156 mm
15 Oct 2018
Trentham Books

Price: £21.99

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Person-centred 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.

  • Nick Hammond

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

  • Nicola Palmer

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

CONTENTS: 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; References; Index

'Not only is the book underpinned by robust psychological theory, but draws on concrete experiences of families and professionals, offering clear illustration of how person-centred reviews offer a meaningful way to produce workable plans for professionals that are rooted in what is important for the child.
... The book does not shy away from weaving together a range of psychological theory that will require the reader to pause for thought. The result is that the reader will emerge able to clearly articulate the rationale for a meaningful person-centred approach that goes beyond paying lip service to the practice.
The text seeks to be both theoretical and practical in nature. It is recommended for educational psychologists as an accessible book that outlines the logistics and practicalities of organising and facilitating person-centred reviews, but also covers the softer skills required and potential pitfalls along the way. There is the possibility that the depth of theory may be a challenge for the non-psychologist. However, this is a challenging topic. Forming a plan that is rooted in what is meaningful for the child or young person, but also drawing on the expertise of a range of professionals, is no mean feat. With this book as a guide, the confident professional is prepared to embark on this challenge.'

Docherty, R (2019), 'Book Review', Educational Psychology in Practice

'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

'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.'

Claire Darwin, Principal Educational Psychologist and Visiting Senior Fellow at the University of Suffolk (School of Psychology and Education)

'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