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10 years on: how researchers and the autistic community are making a future together

Anna Remington and Laura Crane. The way we view autism is slowly changing. When the Centre for Research in Autism Education (CRAE) was set up in 2009, autistic people were not often heard. Today, a world-wide Climate Change protest is led by

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Posted in Research matters, Special educational needs and psychology, young people

Oracy: children’s skills are skewed by deprivation and privilege. How can schools bridge the gap?

Julie Dockrell. An All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) has been set up to make Parliament and the public aware of how important the ability to communicate is as a life skill and the impact communication difficulties have on people’s lives. The

Posted in Childhood & early education, Language and literacy, Special educational needs and psychology

Education of children in care: small changes that can make a big difference

Michael Bettencourt. Policy and publications concerned with children in care often focus on their ‘plight’ and map out a bleak scenario for their future opportunities. The narrative is beginning to change as a more sophisticated understanding of this vulnerable group

Posted in Special educational needs and psychology, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

When it comes to Ofsted’s judgments about school inclusion, context is everything

 Rob Webster. Last week, Schools Week reported on an academy in Dorset that had controversially retained its ‘outstanding’ grade despite Ofsted inspectors’ notes revealing that ‘dozens of pupils leave each year’. The inspection was triggered by concerns over ‘exceptional levels

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Posted in accountability and inspection, Education policy, Special educational needs and psychology

Exclusion and mental health difficulties: unravelling cause and effect and seeking answers in classroom practice

Amelia Roberts.  We are in an ‘exclusions’ crisis.With a rise in exclusions for three years running, we now have 40 children per day being permanently excluded across the UK. There is a clear link between exclusions and subsequent mental health difficulties.

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Posted in Evidence-based policy, Special educational needs and psychology, Teachers and teaching assistants
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