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Remote education: Supporting learners with SEND (and their families)

Reports from Ofsted and the National SENCO Workforce team have raised concerns about how SEND pupils are faring during remote education. Dr Helen Curran explores the findings and offers her tips and strategies for supporting those with SEND during Covid-19 and beyond


A recently published Ofsted report into remote education has highlighted the experience of this relatively new way of working for teachers and students since the first national lockdown, raising concerns about pupil engagement in particular.

The findings in relation to young people SEND were particularly stark: 59 per cent of parents of a child with SEND reported that their child had been disengaged with remote learning, while only 46 per cent of teachers said that their school offered additional remote learning arrangements for students with SEND (Ofsted, 2021).

As Ofsted states in its report, “remote learning is any learning that happens outside of the classroom”. Yet we know that there has been a strong focus on the delivery of learning through digital means. Trying to strike the balance is difficult.

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