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Special Educational Needs

Special Educational Needs and Inclusion

SEN touches the professional lives of all teachers and school leaders.

The NASUWT has a substantial interest in issues relating to SEN and inclusion. Therefore, in April 2008 the Union published Special Educational Needs and Inclusion: Reflection and Renewal, research undertaken by Canterbury Christ Church University which examined interpretations of SEN and inclusion across the UK.

It also looked at the key issues for classroom practice and issues relating to pupil behaviour and SEN.

The NASUWT commissioned further research to follow up the findings from that report. 

This research examined teachers’ experiences of the variation in interpretations of SEN and inclusion. It also looked at the nature of SEN-related support for teachers and schools and teachers’ experiences of that support, including training and professional development. The report can be downloaded from the resources section on this page.

Children and Families Bill

The Children and Families Bill currently progressing through Parliament will, if enacted, introduce profound changes to the system in place to assess and support children and young people with SEN. The NASUWT has significant concerns about some of the proposals. These are set out in the Union's briefing on the Bill, a copy of which can be downloaded here.

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