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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

Supply and demand: Looking to the past to meet the inclusive challenge ahead

Rob Webster. It’s no secret pupil numbers are rising. By 2023, secondary mainstream schools will need to have found the space for an additional 376,000 young people. If current prevalence is any indication, we can expect at least 45,300 of

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Why haven’t we progressed further on supporting children’s speech and language needs?

Amelia Roberts. Ten years on from the Bercow Review (2008) and we are still hearing that it is a ‘scandal’ that children are even now starting school with impoverished language skills. Education Secretary, Damian Hinds MP, spoke this week at

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Posted in Education policy, Language and literacy, Special educational needs and psychology

Bullying: What have longitudinal studies taught us?

Meghan Rainsberry.  The Department for Education (DfE) announced yesterday that 30,000 fewer children in England are experiencing bullying today compared to 10 years ago. This is a welcome finding as anti-bullying charities, schools, local authorities and others gear up for

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Posted in Childhood & early education, Research matters, Special educational needs and psychology, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

The more things change…? Children with SEN and their classroom experiences over time

Rob Webster Just before Christmas, Mencap – the UK’s leading charity for people with learning disabilities – reported results of a survey of parents’ perceptions of their children’s education. Responses from 908 parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities

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Posted in Research matters, Special educational needs and psychology
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