Challenging society’s negative narrative to understand the positivity of caring for a child with disabilities

with Dr Joanna Griffin, University of Warwick Dr Joanna Griffin is a university researcher, psychologist and a parent carer. She’s currently working on a new online programme for family carers …

‘Inverse care’ and unmet need: How children in poorer areas are less likely to receive the right SEND diagnosis or provision

by Dr Tammy Campbell, Visiting Senior Fellow at CASE, and Director for Early Years at the Education Policy Institute. A few years ago we ran an article from the Education …

Research: Cost of Living Crisis having “profound and far-reaching consequences”, increasing SEND needs while forcing cuts to school support budgets 

Amy Skipp, ASK Resesarch, and Jenna Julius, NFER Over the last few weeks, NFER and ASK Research have published a three-part research series, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, investigating the …

The parables of SEND: Is it more like ‘the drowning man’ or ‘the tree and its fruits’?

I recently came across two linked articles written by academic Alan Hodkinson discussing the history of the SEND system. They immediately drew my attention as the articles attempted to understand …

63% of teachers say their school’s insufficient support for children with SEND is a barrier to pupil learning

A new survey of 6,000 teachers and senior leaders across England shows supporting children with SEND is one of the top five expected challenges in schools over the next 12 …

Research: Meeting the SEND needs of disabled children early delivers £380k return per learner and dividends for society

With Claire Dorer OBE, CEO of the National Association of Independent Schools and Non-Maintained Special Schools (NASS) A new research report into the value of disabled children receiving prompt and …

New SENCO research questions the SEND Review’s “irresponsible” plans to downgrade the NASENCO award

with Dr Graeme Dobson, University of Birmingham We are anticipating the publication of the Department for Education very shortly. One of the major proposals was upskilling the SEND workforce, something …

Survey reveals “systemic bias” of professionals and parental blame linked to family profiling of autistic children with Pathological Demand Avoidance

with Alice Running and Danielle Jata-Hall Research of more than a thousand families of autistic children who also have Pathological Demand Avoidance profiles (PDA), has revealed what the authors say …

How social class deepens inequalities experienced by disabled young people in England’s mainstream schools

By Angharad Butler-Rees, University of Warwick. [Reseach team: Stella Chatzitheochari, Angharad Butler-Rees and Melissa Chapple] The SEND deficit for councils in England was £1.3 billion in March 2022, an increase …

The stark inequalities of social mobility of disabled young adults in England

Childhood disability has been conspicuously absent from longstanding social mobility and intergenerational inequality debates. This is partly due to the persistence of medical interpretations of disability, which disregard the negative …

What influences the emotional wellbeing of young people with severe dyslexic difficulties?

with Claire Durrant, Researcher, University of Sussex When our child(ren) have a SEND diagnosis, they can be made to feel stupid, isolated, rejected by thoughtless peers and often, shockingly, by …

SNJ Report: The casual bias and daily discrimination faced by disabled children and their families from ethnic and marginalised communities

A new SNJ survey has highlighted how racial discrimination and unconscious bias are everyday experiences for disabled children and their families from ethnic and marginalised communities. Parents say they, and …

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 …

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 …

The inequalities in Post-16 education and work for young disabled people

By Stella Chatzitheochari (University of Warwick) & Sanne Velthuis (University of Warwick & University of Manchester)  Official figures reveal that disabled young people lag behind in GCSE attainment. Yet, we …

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