What’s really happening – and what should happen - with special needs and disability in education in 2015?
Lessons from international experience and research with Nick Peacey, Visiting Research Associate, UCL Institute of Education, University of London.
Nick will argue that…
The 2014 English special educational needs and disability reforms are being introduced into an educational environment which is in many cases hostile to inclusion, and can act as a smokescreen for what’s really happening to the most vulnerable. For example, GCSE attainment by students with SEN on free school meals dropped by 30% in 2014; students with SEND are still, overwhelmingly, the group most frequently excluded from school.
International experience and recent research give us all the answers we need to create superb SEND systems.
To shake politicians out of making change first and then remembering special educational needs and disability second, we should press for action by existing organisations, such as the National Audit Office to look at resource deployment. We also need to press for the creation of new institutions.
Independent Institute for Education Equity, like the Institute of Fiscal Studies, can challenge those who ignore or misrepresent research and its implications.
Join us for this discussion and debate around what is and should be happening with special needs and disability in education in 2015.
Nick Peacey ran SENJIT at the Institute of Education for twenty years, has advised many national agencies and governments across the United Kingdom, Europe and internationally on system improvement for SEND and is now working on SEND professional development and the political implications of recent findings of neuroscience for the earliest years.
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Location: UCL, Institute of Education, Room 777, 20 Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0AL