SEND and schools: Inclusive by design

At a time when the SEND system is facing a raft of challenges, Annamarie Hassall is taking the helm at special needs association Nasen. She wants to see all schools become inclusive by design and all SENCOs properly resourced and supported

SEND issues are everyone’s concern. If we can achieve excellent education for children and young people with SEND and learning differences, we achieve excellent education for all.

At Nasen, our vision is for a fully inclusive and equitable education for every pupil with SEND and learning differences.

The latest data shows that some 1.4 million children and young people have been identified to have SEN in England alone (DfE, 2021) – an all-time high that equates to around three in 20 pupils. It is a significant proportion of the school population – and a proportion that needs attention and support.

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