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Inclusion for all: the power of pupil voice for learners with SEND

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Since the SEND Reforms of 2014, children with SEND and their famalies are meants to be ‘at the heart of the process’. However, reports and research in recent years have shown that this is often not the case with families and young people still having to fight for resources. Since March, many families with children with SEND have felt abandoned with emergency legislation removing their tight to support. We are keen to hear about ways in which colleagues are including learners with SEND to fulfil an active role in their research.

The SEND Reforms of 2014 appeared to make the voice of the young person and their family central to planning and support by bringing them into ‘the heart of the process’ . However , reports and research over the past few years suggest that this has not always happened, and young people with SEND and their families struggle to be heard and often still have to fight for resources. 

Join us on Wednesday  March 24th 2021 from 10 am – 1pm  for BERA’s Inclusive Education SIG webinar with a range of international speakers sharing their research on the power of pupil voice in SEND.  (with link for registration). 



Alex Tomkins, Mr

Headteacher at Spring Common Academy

I am a Deputy Head of Greenside Special School in Stevenage. I have worked in the field of SEND for 15 years, starting off in the care sector. In recent years I have led a project promoting positive Mental Wellbeing in students with Severe...

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Sarah Martin-Denham, Dr

Associate Professor of Care and Education at University of Sunderland

Sarah is a senior lecturer at the University of Sunderland. She is a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a vice-chancellor teaching fellow, chair of an independent special educational needs coordinator network and a convenor of an...

Laura Hrastelj, Mrs

PhD student/Speech and Language Therapist at Manchester Metropolitan University

Laura Hrastelj is a PhD student at Manchester Metropolitan University. She is a speech and language therapist working with children who have complex communication needs. Her PhD is concerned with hearing the perspectives of school-aged children...

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Jane Mosco, Ms

Psychologist/School Counsellor/PhD candidate at Southern Cross University

Jane Mosco currently works as a psychologist and educator in a school in regional Australia (K-12). She was born and studied in England, completing her Undergraduate (BA Hons) and Post-Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) in England before...

Antonios Ktenidis, Dr

Lecturer in Education at University of Sheffield

Dr Antonios Ktenidis is a Lecturer in Education in the School of Education, University of Sheffield. He is the Deputy Director for the BA (Hons) in Education, Culture and Childhood and the Director of the Identity and Marginalised Communities...

Sharifah Shameem Agha, Dr

Lecturer at Cardiff University

Dr. Sharifah Shameem Agha has a background in psychology and is a Lecturer employed by Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board. Based in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Section in the MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetic and Genomics at...


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Janet Hoskin, Dr

Associate Professor at University of East London

Dr Janet Hoskin is Associate Professor of Education at the University of East London, teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Her research interests include exploring the lives and experiences of disabled children and young people,...

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Tom Milson, Mr

Headteacher at Eagle House School (Bramley)

Tom Milson is headteacher of Eagle House School (Bramley), a therapeutic community for young people who have significant social, emotional and mental health difficulties and autism. Over the past 10 years Tom has worked in a range of different...

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Louise Arnold, Miss

Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood and Special Education at University of East London

Louise Arnold is a senior lecturer in Early Childhood and Special Education at the University of East London where she teaches on the MA Special Educational Needs and across the undergraduate Early Childhood programmes. Her PhD involves parents,...