This episode focuses on issues of SEND, inclusion and diversity in the school environment in the context of the Covid pandemic, our students returning following national lockdown, and how we might build back better.

Host Adele Bates leads a wide-ranging discussion which offers practical reflections, empathy and advice across areas including students’ lockdown experiences, issues around the current transition back into school, supporting students who struggled or disappeared during lockdown, anxiety, advice for parents, advice for SENCOs, and more.

The discussion also touches upon issues of diversity and equity, building back better after Covid, and supporting the school workforce. Our guests include SENCO and teacher Kemi Oloye, inclusion expert Daniel Sobel, and Christina Jones, CEO of the excellent River Tees Multi-Academy Trust.

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