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Edtech & SEND: What to keep in mind

Edtech has a role to play in supporting students with SEN, especially those with speech, language, and communication needs. Al Kingsley considers what we need to keep in mind when deciding how
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All students have different learning needs – this we know. However, for students with any level of SEND, it can sometimes feel like there are too many locks and not enough keys when it comes to teaching and learning in ways that reach them or enable them to participate fully.

It is not always obvious what those “ways” are, but technology can offer possibilities to try things differently and open the door to more inclusive learning.

Official figures tell us that there are more than 1.5 million SEND students in England’s schools, and speech, language and communication are some of the most common areas where they require extra support (DfE, 2023).

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