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Schools struggling to support SEND children during lockdown

New research indicates schools are finding it increasingly hard to provide support for their SEND children during the current health crisis.

The study, by Bath University and the National Association for Special Needs (nasen) asked SENCOs to consider their experiences in school, from when schools closed to the to the majority of children and young people in March 2020 through to early October.

It found that the challenges which existed in schools prior to the pandemic, specific to the provision of support for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) and the facilitation of the SENCO role, not only remain but have been amplified as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Particular challenges included ensuring children and young people had access to appropriate information technology hardware and the provision of virtual support. In addition to this, the study cites focus on mental health and wellbeing in schools as being a key priority for SENCO’s going forward as well as increased communication with parents and families.

The study suggests that the pandemic has not only impacted on school experiences in the short term,  but is likely to permanently change the way in which schools work into the future.

 Read the full report here.