News

65% of special free schools are for autism

Autism-specific free schools are continuing to dominate new special free school approvals, with more than half of those in...

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg
News

Headteacher outcry after £7m SEND pot assigned to academy expansion

A group of headteachers have written to their council, challenging its proposal to spend almost £30 million on expanding...

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg
News

Entering SEND pupils to pre-key stage standards ‘too subjective’

New rules covering the way special needs pupils are assessed will mean some schools “play it safe” by not...

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg
Politics

Taxi drivers can now take a course in transporting SEND pupils

Taxi drivers can now be trained in how to look after pupils with special educational needs and disabilities on...

Samantha Lauren King
Samantha Lauren King
ITT, SEND

Why a SEND initial teacher training pathway is a bad idea

Inclusive pedagogy should be built into the fabric of every initial teacher training programme, rather than bolted on as...

Expert Contributor
Expert Contributor
News

Pupils with special needs waiting for school place more than doubles

The number of pupils with special educational needs waiting in limbo for school places has more than doubled, according...

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg
Opinion

Internal inclusion units in schools will not fix behaviour

The answer to schools’ behaviour problems is not to create more unregulated provision – accountability is key, says Jackie...

Jackie Ward
Jackie Ward
News

Nearly half of schools fail to offer work experience to SEND pupils

One in three schools is not offering pupils with special educational needs (SEND) work experience, sidelining “precisely” the young...

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg
SEND

SEND learners are airbrushed from education policy

Influential literacy reports by leading think tanks and charities have ignored the thousands of children who will never catch...

Expert Contributor
Expert Contributor