17th Apr, 2021

Textbook launched to improve SEND understanding

Rob George 7th Apr, 2021

A TEXTBOOK written by two academics at the University of Worcester aims to help students, teachers and practitioners to gain a greater understanding of special educational needs, disability and inclusion.

Joanne Smith, course leader for Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion (SENDI), and Dr Alexandra Sewell, Lecturer in SENDI, joined forces to author ‘An Introduction to Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion: A Student’s Guide’.

Mrs Smith said the recently launched book was designed to be accessible to undergraduates, postgraduates, but also practitioners, such as special needs coordinators, along with teachers and school leaders with an interest in the field.

“We hope it raises the profile and understanding of SENDI,” she added.

“It’s such an important topic and everybody should have some education on special educational needs and disability and inclusion.

“Some teachers are still going into schools and not having an understanding or empathy for children with special needs. There’s still discrimination in the wider society.

“If we can contribute to expanding that knowledge and understanding we will know that we have really achieved something,” she added.

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