A transformation or an opportunity lost?

A discussion paper, published by Research and Information on State Education (RISE), calls on the Government to keep the impact of recently introduced legislation on the education of children and young people with special educational needs and disability under continuous review.

In the paper Transformation or an opportunity lost? Nick Peacey, Visiting Research Associate at UCL Institute of Education, University of London, argues that, while the reforms enhance aspects of the previous English SEND framework, they:

  • do not have adequate safeguards for introduction into an educational environment which is in many ways hostile to inclusion and equality
  • take insufficient account of recent international research evidence, such as the fast-developing knowledge of the infant brain, which is already challenging our SEND resource priorities
  • fall short of the highest international standards on difference and disability, particularly those set out in the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)

The paper also makes a series of recommendations.

6 August 2015

School admissions: lessons from the evidence

A newly-published review of research into school admissions in England stresses the need for strong regulation to continue but warns policy makers and campaigners to resist coming to simplistic conclusions about how to tackle unfairness.

In the week in which parents of children moving on to secondary school learn about whether their preferences have been met, the analysis of research on school admissions, by Professor John Coldron of Sheffield Institute of Education, Sheffield Hallam University, is published today by RISE (Research and Information on State Education).

5 March 2015

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