July 30, 2010

Teacher Expertise for Special Educational Needs

Special schools are suffering from a desperate shortage of teachers trained to deal with pupils with special needs. A Policy Exchange survey revealed that just 5 per cent of special schools found it easy to recruit teachers with the right training.

The research note recommends that all teachers should receive at least some SEN training as part of their initial training and that teachers in specialist roles should have or be working towards specialist qualifications specifically relevant to the needs of the children they are teaching.


Ralph Hartley

Senior Research Fellow for Education, 2009-2011

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