How to give children and young people who have SEN and disabilities (SEND), the support they need in the environment where they feel most fully included, should be a key concern of every teacher and practitioner. Drawing on her years of experience and conversations with a range of professionals, as well as the thoughts of children, young people and families who have encountered a number of settings, SEND expert Dr Rona Tutt examines both the benefits of the recent SEND reforms and also the opportunities that have been missed to meet needs more flexibly. Content focuses on; – Creating a climate where all children can thrive – An appreciation for the variety of innovative ways school leaders are meeting the needs of students – A consideration of the wider context of SEN from local to national level Clear and accessible, this is an inspiring read for anyone concerned with how individual needs are best met, rather than where their education takes place.

Why more specialist provision is needed rather than less

Why more specialist provision is needed rather than less

‘The brain cannot be ignored when discussing

development that is different.’

Chapter overview

Rather than reducing the continuum of provision by closing special schools, this chapter argues that specialist provision in all its various forms should be increased. The following reasons are given:

  • The need to make a reality of early intervention
  • The rise of a more complex population
  • A demand for more specialist places
  • A growing number of vulnerable children who may or may not have SEND.

Case studies are provided to demonstrate the benefits of settings, which, whether mainstream or specialist, provide an inclusive setting for a wide range of needs, as well as taking on a wider role.

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