SENCOs reveal their fears over lockdown impact for SEN students

Schools have found the differentiation of remote education for SEN pupils a key challenge during Covid-19, while SENCO workload has gone through the roof, according to new research.

A report from Bath Spa University and special needs association Nasen is warning that many SEN pupils are at risk of falling behind due to problems accessing remote education.

The National SENCO Workforce Survey 2020 captured the views and experiences of more than 1,000 SENCOs working in primary, secondary and special schools between March and October last year.

A key finding is that three-quarters of the SENCOs in the research said that their school experienced challenges with providing virtual support for children with SEN during the first lockdown.

A similar number said that provision of “appropriately differentiated work online” for children with SEN had been a challenge, while half said that supporting teaching colleagues to provide differentiated learning online had been difficult.

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