NPC’s report, Making sense of SEN, looks at the services and support available for children with special educational needs (SEN) and their families.
Did you know?
- Almost one in six children needs extra support in class, yet many teaching staff feel ill-equipped to teach these children
- The statutory assessment process, which decides whether a child receives extra support in the classroom, can take seven months to complete.
The report highlights ways that donors can support children with SEN, including the need for:
- increased training and support for teachers and carers of children with SEN
- building the ability of mainstream schools to be inclusive of children with SEN, and
- supporting parents in the costly and time consuming battle to secure services.
Despite the state’s commitment to provide education for all children, children with extra needs — including severe dyslexia, behavioural difficulties and hearing impairments — do not automatically get the support that they require. Parents often have to fight for a statement guaranteeing this support.