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Difference and disability in schools: Participation or isolation?

The D of SEND can risk passing unnoticed under the radar. A new guide sets out the legal duties that schools must meet when it comes to supporting disabled students. Its author Philippa Stobbs offers four vital considerations for teachers and schools


In 2019, in the run-up to what was expected to be the imminent publication of a Green Paper on SEND, the Education Select Committee heard from disabled children and young people themselves.

“(The committee) heard from young people that poor support can result in them being isolated in school, unable to access the curriculum and finding it hard to make friends.

“As adults, the training and employment opportunities were found to be poor, deriving from a fundamental lack of ambition for young people with SEND across the country.” (Education Select Committee, 2019)

Many of the points made to the committee are borne out by data and research, including the points made by young people about compromised ambition and social isolation.

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