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The #SENDReview must embed Speech, Language and Communication skills across education, especially teacher training

with Amy Loxley, Lead Speech and Language Advisor for I CAN, One of the major criticisms of the SEND Review is its silence about the revolution in SEND teacher training …

Fabricated or Induced Illness (FII) and Perplexing Presentations – New guidance for social work practitioners

with Sally Russell, Trustee, The PDA Society Scientific rigour in medicine is, thankfully, the rule rather than the exception. We want our medicines, procedures, and treatments to be based on …

What the evidence says about the 13 crucial areas for quality in Alternative Provision

with Dennis Simms, IntegratED Hub Lead The SEND Review Green Paper places great emphasis on including alternative provision within a “single system” with mainstream and special schools. The DfE want …

#SENDReview: Downgrading SENCO training is a mistake but protected time must be mandatory

with Tristan Middleton, University of Gloucestershire & chair, LLSCIC. Under the SEND Code of Practice, SENCOs must be gain a Masters-level NASENCO award within three years of taking the role. …

The law on educational provision to support Ukrainian children with SEN and disabilities arriving in England

with Ali Fiddy, Chief Executive of IPSEA We are all beside ourselves with shock and sickening helplessness at the invasion in Ukraine. Everyone can surely empathise with how terrifying it …

Brian Lamb: Will the SEND Review Green Paper deliver lasting improvements for disabled children and families?

SNJ note: Prof. Brian Lamb OBE’s Lamb Inquiry in 2009 sparked the last SEND Reforms Green Paper. We’re delighted he’s here on SNJ to give his thoughts on what’s gone …

Lockdown stresses worse in parents and their children with intellectual disabilities. Things haven’t improved since

with Dr Hope Christie, Edinburgh University While much of the country is going about their business as if the pandemic is over, many parents of disabled children feel like their …

Eliza’s searingly-honest film about teenage mental health and how the right help is hard to find

With Eliza Gardner, teenage mental health campaigner Children’s Mental Health Week gives rise to grimmer statistics every year and of course, the pandemic has had a significant hand in that. …

Ask, Listen, Act, so disabled learners’ two years of pandemic misery is never repeated

With Dr Emma Ashworth (she/her) PhD AFHEA CPsychol, Lecturer in Psychology, Disability Coordinator, School of Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University For the second year running we are approaching Christmas under the …

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