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SEND Green Paper/Review: Right support, right place, right time: Response from the lead group of the national SEN Policy Research Forum

29 July 2022

As well as providing a detailed response for each of the questions as set out in the government’s recent SEND Green Paper consultation, the SEN Policy Research Forum lead group also prepared an accompanying discussion paper, with further recommendations. These recommendations were informed by research and from a succession of our SEND policy seminars and […]

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‘Inclusion is not a place you commute to’. Why accountability measures must reflect inclusion’s relative dimension.

28 June 2022

‘Inclusion is not a place you commute to’. Why accountability measures must reflect inclusion’s relative dimension. Rob Webster Reader in Education & Director of the Education Research, Innovation and Consultancy Unit, University of Portsmouth There is a seemingly contradictory model of inclusion that seems prevalent in English mainstream schools. A longitudinal study I led with […]

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Our colleagues at the National Education Union are inviting contributions to a Blog series focusing on Ofsted

27 June 2022

Please see the message from Judy Ellerby below – if you would like to contribute, please contact Judy directly Judy.Ellerby@neu.org.uk The NEU launched our campaign to Replace Ofsted at our annual conference in April.  This term we are posting a series of blogs by experts across the field of education sharing their views on why […]

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SENPRF blog series SEND Green Paper: A new role for alternative provision – alternative provision schools or an integrated mainstream-facing alternative provision service?

20 May 2022

A new role for alternative provision: alternative provision schools or an integrated mainstream-facing alternative provision service? Peter Gray and Beate Hellawell Alternative provision used to describe mainly independent educational providers, commissioned at key stage 4 by local authorities (LAs) or schools and had a vocational focus. The term is now used more broadly to include […]

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SENPRF blog series SEND Green Paper: Response to posts from Peter Gray, and Julie Wharton & Christopher Robertson

25 April 2022

Klaus Wedell responds to recent SENPRF blog posts from Peter Gray and Julie Wharton & Christopher Robertson below. Julie, Christopher and Peter very pertinently query the way in which the ‘mainstream offer’ is presented in the White and Green Papers. I wonder whether the ‘confusion’ is actually a manifest indication of the lack of ‘coherence’ […]

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SENPRF blog series SEND Green Paper: What exactly is co-production and is it necessarily a good thing?

14 April 2022

What exactly is co-production? And is it necessarily a good thing for children, young people, and their families? by Sharon Smith ‘co-production with children, young people and families is a fundamental principle of the SEND system and enables children, young people, parents and carers to be valued partners in decision-making’ (SEND Review p28) ‘Children, young […]

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SENPRF blog series SEND Green Paper: Co-production and Parental Engagement

14 April 2022

The SEND Review, Co-production and Parental Engagement by Brian Lamb The SEND Review Right Support, Right Place, Right Time, is welcome in supporting the principles and benefits of co-production with parents. While many of its proposals leave the detail to be developed there are some very specific proposals, not all of which are likely to […]

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SENPRF blog series SEND Green Paper: Targeted Support and SEN Support – coherence or confusion?

11 April 2022

Quality and consistency of the mainstream offer (schools): Targeted Support and SEN Support – coherence or confusion?  (NB please note this blog post was updated 28 April 2022 to include information about the proposed national standards) Julie Wharton and Christopher Robertson   Targeted Support in mainstream In some respects, the White Paper (Opportunity for All: […]

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SENPRF blog series SEND Green Paper: National banding system – an end to the postcode lottery for parents and children with SEND?

6 April 2022

The Department for Education and Department for Health and Social Care have recently launched a new green paper and associated public consultation on their proposals for Special Educational Needs and Disability and Alternative Provision in England. See  ‘SEND review: right support, right place, right time’ for more information. The consultation closes on 1 July 2022. […]

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Blog submissions

22 February 2022

Contributions to the SEN Policy Research Forum blog are welcome!   Our aim for this blog is to publish thought-provoking, short-form pieces that are research-informed, accessible, and which find points of contact between research and policy in relation to Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). We encourage discussion through comments on each blog post, or […]

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