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SEND back to school: New study to help ease school return for children with special educational needs
By: Tom Walters
Last updated: Monday, 17 August 2020
Dr Christina Hancock, Lecturer In Primary Education at the University of Sussex, said:
"The aim of this research is to better understand the experiences of parents and carers of children with SEND across the Covid-19 pandemic. We are seeking parents and carers recommendations regarding the upcoming academic year so that we can share their viewpoints with schools and special educational needs co-ordinators.”
The results of the research study will be used to produce a report with recommendations to inform teachers about good practice in supporting children with SEND not only for the transition back into school but also for future and ongoing support.
Dr Jacqui Shepherd, Lecturer in Education at the University of Sussex, said:
"Parents and carers have the opportunity to be involved in a really important piece of research that will inform schools and other SEND-related organisations about the experiences of children with SEND during the Covid crisis and the lessons that we have learned. Parents and carers will have the chance to share their views and have an impact on improving practice for children with SEND which, in turn, could improve the education experience for all.
Parents interested in participating in the study can fill out an anonymous, online questionnaire here .
There is also the option for parents to participate by giving their answers over the phone or via an online video link. This can be arranged by contacting J.Shepherd@sussex.ac.uk or C.L.Hancock@sussex.ac.uk.