Helping SEND pupils to cross the employment divide

Many pupils with SEND struggle to enter paid employment, but John Claughton says mainstream schools can help

John Claughton discusses how mainstream schools can help to put SEND pupils on the path to employment

Until two years ago, I was the wondrously and uniquely entitled chief master of King Edward’s School in Birmingham. Once a direct grant school, now an independent school, it is the alma mater of Edward Burne-Jones, JRR Tolkien, and two Nobel prizewinners, as well as Lee Child and Bill Oddie.

About eight years ago, I was invited, because of my grandeur, by the authorities of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference, to talk about headship to a new generation of school leaders at an induction weekend. I turned up one Saturday morning at a rather plush country-house hotel, lurking in the ...

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