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GUIDANCE ANNOUNCED ON ACTION PLANNING IN SPECIAL SCHOOLS

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Education minister Charles Clarke has announced the publication of new guidance to help special schools effectively...
Education minister Charles Clarke has announced the publication of new guidance to help special schools effectively plan their strategies for self-improvement following Ofsted inspections.

Mr Clarke said: 'This guidance, Effective Action Planning after Inspection: Planning improvement in special schools, is a very clear example of how research into what works in schools can be used directly to help others do well.

'The special schools which shared their experiences with us came through the most rigorous test of their abilities to raise standards for their pupils. Without exception, they found effective action

planning to be an essential tool in helping them to improve.

'The guidance is based on the experience of special schools, but it is relevant for any school which is drawing up an action plan to address key areas of weakness - whether these are identified by inspection or by self-evaluation.

The joint guidance by the department for education and employment and Ofsted is based on research into the experiences of special schools which are, or had been under special measures. It was carried out for the department by the University of the West of England.

As well as providing examples of successful practice, the guidance looks at issues which special schools consistently find difficult - including setting targets and monitoring and evaluating progress - and provides advice on how schools might tackle these important areas.

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All schools which are subject to inspection by Ofsted are required to produce an action plan which sets out how the school will address the key issues of weakness identified by Inspectors -

(Section 17(1)(a) School Inspections Action 1996)

Effective Action Planning after Inspection: Planning improvement in special schools, has been sent to all special schools and to all LEAs. The research on which the guidance is based, Best practice amongst special schools on special measures: the role of action planning in helping special schools improve' is published by the University of the West of England, Faculty of Education, Redland Campus, Redland Hill, Bristol BS6 6UZ . Copies are available from the Faculty of Education.

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