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Technology and SEND education

For SEND pupils, the effective use of technology has the power to make education more inclusive. Terry Waller offers his thoughts on how technology can best be used in this regard

As educators, we are always searching for ways to develop our teaching provisions and improve learner outcomes. There is a universal belief that technology has an important role to play in the education of children and young people, with more and more schools choosing to use iPads and tablets in the classroom.

However, the importance of ICT resources for learners with SEND is not sufficiently discussed, despite their ability to raise standards of teaching and learning.

According to the Department for Education’s (DfE) statistics, it is estimated that 2.8 per cent of pupils in England have been identified as having SEND, with a further 17 per cent said to have unidentified learning impairments.
ICT has a pivotal role to play in meeting the needs of pupils with SEND, as it provides a richer learning environment that engages and enthuses.

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