We all make decisions every day, but are you aware of the process you use to make a decision? This essential practical guide for education and associated professionals, using education-focused case studies throughout to illustrate key points, explains the mechanics of decision-making, introducing the associated language and concepts. It presents both a practical decision-making framework based in the Mental Capacity Act decision-making process, and a decision-making syllabus, from which education professionals can create their own curriculum.

Being able to make decisions is an important life skill, which can have a positive impact on well-being. However, many children and young people with SEN will need direct teaching and guidance to develop this ability, from the earliest age. The book explores the types of important decisions children and young people may need to make in relation to their education, with particular focus on choosing a new educational placement, providing practical guidance about how education professionals can support young people to make this decision. There is reference throughout the book as to the ways in which practitioners can work in partnership with parents to support and develop children and young people’s decision-making ability. Appendices provide completed decision-making frameworks and associated guidance.

chapter |12 pages

Prolegomenon: Setting the Scene

part 1|66 pages


chapter Chapter one|18 pages

Making Decisions

chapter Chapter two|11 pages

Mental Health Perspective

chapter Chapter three|13 pages

Legislative Context

chapter Chapter four|22 pages

Making Decisions about Educational Matters

part 2|61 pages

Decision-Making Syllabus

chapter Chapter five|40 pages

Decision-Making Syllabus

chapter Chapter six|19 pages

The Art of Writing Smart Outcomes

part 3|40 pages

The Role of Education and Associated Professionals

chapter Chapter seven|16 pages

Educational Psychologists (EPs) and Associated Professionals

chapter Chapter eight|12 pages

Supporting and Involving Parents

chapter |10 pages

Epilogue: Reflections and Steps Forward