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September re-opening: Lessons from the special school sector

During the lockdown, many special schools remained fully open to provide support for SEN learners. Kelley Fray considers what lessons they have to offer mainstream schools ahead of wider re-opening

We operate education services for students with complex needs around the UK, providing specialist education to those with a range of physical and learning disabilities. In short, we look after some incredibly vulnerable students.

This has meant that, throughout the lockdown, we have provided a large number of young people with face-to-face education or continued their residential care, while also ensuring that the pupils who were able to be home-schooled still received the support they needed.

We had to think quickly about the measures we implemented, some of which could potentially be replicated and adapted for mainstream education now that schools are welcoming back more students.

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