Margaret Mulholland

It’s time to get SEND off the sidelines

Research shows that pupils with SEND need good-quality teaching in a mixed-ability setting – and a curriculum geared towards their needs, says Margaret Mulholland

It’s time to get SEND off the sidelines

In 2008, researcher David Mitchell conducted a meta-study of inclusion, asking what really works in special and inclusive education. His recommendation? “Adapt the mainstream to suit all pupils.”

It’s a powerful comment on an education system that quite frankly fails to consider pupils who struggle to learn as a central concern.

How can that be? Surely that’s the job – to help those who struggle, not just to support those who will make progress whether they have a great teacher in front of them or not?

In my experience, teachers start their career believing that they can help ...

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