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What are the experiences of children with special educational needs and disabilities and their families?

A new report has been published by the government, telling us about the experiences of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families at school.


‘SEND: The schools and colleges experiences’ describes some important findings that give us information on the way children and young people with SEND are supported at school. The report has some examples of really good services and ways that children and young people are being supported. There are also some issues that parents are experiencing:

  • Funding is limited, and sometimes this means that services, like speech and language therapy, are hard to come by.
  • Families don’t always know what services are available to them or feel confident that the support they are getting is right.
  • Families don’t always feel confident that the staff working with their child have the expertise they need to give the right support.

At I CAN we feel it is really important that all staff working with children and young people with SEND understand and know about their difficulties – and their strengths; this will enable them to put the right support in place. We have programmes and resources that support practitioners working with children and young people with speech, language and communication needs.


Read about our training and resources for more information.


The Communication Trust’s resource Communicating the Code supports practitioners working with children and young people with SLCN.


Download the full ‘SEND: The schools and colleges experiences’ report here.