“Every learner matters and matters equally”. But in England’s education system, do they really?

with Mel Ainscow, Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Manchester Gill’s introduction: This year marks the 30th anniversary of the World Conference on Special Needs Education and the …

83% educators say SEND learners aren’t effectively supported to achieve, says 2024 Pearson school report

with Sharon Hague, Managing Director, School Assessment and Qualifications, Pearson For the last few years, the educational publisher, Pearson publishes its annual Pearson School Report, a survey of over 12,000 …

Depressingly awful data and our 2024 EHCP Hall of Shame reveal the sad state of disabled children’s education, with growing numbers out of school

Yesterday, the Department for Education (DfE) published its annual statistical summary of Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) in England. This year, these figures will be put under a lot …

Uncovering the hidden truth about SEND safety valve agreements and how they’ll cut children’s SEND provision

Anything that calls itself the “safety valve intervention programme” is going to struggle to excite public interest. Perhaps that was the intention: create a bureaucratic-sounding programme in an obscure corner …

Research shows “critical information gaps” in most SEND local offer websites, including EHCP eligibility criteria

Research by Jacob Matthews, Kristine Black-Hawkins, Arina Basu, Andreea-Ioana Necula, Jonny Downs, Tamsin Ford, Jennifer Saxton The Local Offer was a provision of the Children and Families Act, now a …

Parent campaigners: We must suspend the SEND Safety Valve programme: Here’s why, and how

with Rachel Filmer, Stop Safety Valve campaign Imagine you’re a builder, called to quote on a crumbling, damp-ridden house. You do an in-depth assessment of the issues and calculate the …

Review: Mental Health and Wellbeing of Children and Young People with Learning Difficulties. A Guide for Educators (Giveaway)

This post is in paid partnership with Jessica Kingsley Publications. As an educator myself, Dr Kirstie Rees’ book, Mental Health and Wellbeing of Children and Young People with Learning Difficulties. …

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