TweetMore and more attention has been paid to children who have special educational needs (SEN) after Ofsted’s report last year criticised teachers for overusing the term. But fewer investigations have focused on the experiences of children who have the most severe learning difficulties, those who have been granted statements of special education needs. We want to investigate the educational opportunities available to such students.
The Department for Education publishes datasets detailing the numbers of statemented SEN pupils across local authorities and the types of schools which they attend.
I plan to analyse this information in detail by looking at the size and specific types of specialist schools available in different areas – and the impact which this may have on local authorities’ attitudes to inclusion. As well as posting updates to this site I’ll be blogging in more detail about SEN statistics here.
Do you have experience of the special education system? Please help me investigate. I’m especially keen to talk to people from different regions. Let me know your thoughts by commenting or emailing me directly at ratcliffe.rc[at]gmail.com.