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 …

SEND researchers identify key lessons for teaching children with special education needs in lockdown

We’ve just launched our new report (PDF link) with Nuffield (Amy Skipp, Vicky Hopwood & Rob Webster With Jenna Julius & Dawson McLean, NFER February 2021), on special education during …

How has coronavirus affected your child’s access to speech and language therapy?

with Caroline Wright, Policy Adviser at the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists In the first lockdown, thousands of children overnight lost the external therapy input such as speech …

SURVEY: Does your child have all their SEND provision back? What’s your family’s experience been this term?

Government guidance for the autumn school and college term 2020 is “everyone in”. Only, that’s not the reality for many children and young people with SEND. As we’ve already covered …

Coronavirus and SEND Education: 75% of schools ignored Government risk assessment guidance during the lockdown

During most of June 2020, Special Needs Jungle offered a survey of to our readers, to ask them about some of the aspects of support their children with special educational …

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