I worked on this project as co-investigator with Dr Caroline Bond from 2010-2015. This was an evaluation of the setting up of resource provisions (RPs) in nine schools in one urban local authority in England. The RPs focused on promoting the inclusion, achievement and independence of pupils with autism spectrum conditions and speech and language impairment in a mainstream setting. The evaluation encompassed the initial set up of the RPs and the first cohort of students, as well as staff training. It involved pupils, parents, school staff and speech and language therapists. Findings were broadly positive, with staff becoming more confident in their ability to educate and include young people with ASC, while parents and pupils were overwhelmingly positive regarding the inclusive nature of the RPs and the social and academic benefits of attending a mainstream school.
Two reports were written as a result of this evaluation: an initial evaluation report and a follow-up report a year later. Please contact me to request a copy of the reports.