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Spotlight on SEND: Curriculum design and practice

On 24 March 2022, the British Curriculum Forum (BCF) ran the Spotlight on SEND: Curriculum Design and Practice online event. The event focused attention on researchinformed curriculum design and practice to support positive outcomes for all pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Teachers, practitioners, researchers, leaders, managers and academics came together to share their critical perspectives and assumptions about researching this aspect of the curriculum.

In this special issue of the BERA Blog, those who contributed to the event have come together once more to explore all things related to SEND and the curriculum in further depth. With perspectives from Scotland, Northern Ireland and England, the 10 blog posts cover a range of topics, including:

  • SEND policy and practice
  • using lesson study to enhance curriculum implementation
  • challenging assumptions about learners with SEND
  • communication efficacy in the classroom
  • inclusion for autistic learners
  • intersectionality.


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Gerry Czerniawski, Professor

Professor of Education/Research Degrees Leader at University of East London

Gerry Czerniawski runs the Professional Doctorate in Education at UEL and teaches on Initial Teacher Education (ITE) courses. In addition to his role as a researcher, author and teacher educator he is the Lead Editor of the BERA Blog and a...

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Victoria Pugh, Mrs

Primary Lecturer in PSHE and RSE,Head of SENDI and Diversity at University of Worcester

Victoria is a senior lecturer at the University of Worcester specialising in PSHE and RSE. She is also the SENDI and diversity lead for Initial Teacher Education (ITE) teaching on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Victoria has 15 years...

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Richard Pountney, Dr

Principal Lecturer, Curriculum Development at Sheffield Hallam University

Richard leads the knowledge in education research group in the Sheffield Institute of Education at Sheffield Hallam University. He is a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Richard holds a Teacher Fellowship from the university...

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