Merton Special Teaching Association

Recent Research Projects

SeeAbility research on eye care needs of the special needs population

SeeAbility have published their findings of their eye care research project that Perseid School took part in. The research has been published in work in PLOSONE – an international peer reviewed journal.  Here is the link:

The paper provides referenceable evidence of the high level of eye care need in the special school population as well as the inadequacy of vision screening for this group of children.

It provides evidence to support the Framework for special schools eye care we work to:

And it has provided the evidence which has led NHSEngland to commit in their new 10 year plan to the provision of eye care, audiology and dental services in all special schools. 

LSBU - Understanding the sensory world of children and young people on the autism spectrum with a view to developing best practice in teaching and learning

MSTA, partner schools and researchers formed a collaborative community of practice in order to understand and improve the sensory school environment for pupils on the autistic spectrum, and incorporate the findings into school improvement planning.

The paper aims to discuss this issue:

The Sensory School: Working with teachers, parents and pupils to create good sensory conditions

Useful resources for teachers who teach children with autism

Autism Good Practice

Clever classrooms