Disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs
Ofsted reports about disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs
Recent surveys specifically about disabled children and young people and those who have special educational needs include:
- The special educational needs and disability review - 14 September 2010. This review was commissioned to evaluate how well the legislative framework and arrangements served children and young people who had special educational needs and/or disabilities. It considered the early years, compulsory education, education from 16 to 19, and the contribution of social care and health services.
- Progression post-16 for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities - 23 August 2011. This survey evaluates the arrangements for transition from school and the provision in post-16 settings for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities up to the age of 25. Through visits to 32 providers and the completion of 111 detailed case studies, inspectors assessed the effectiveness of provision in enabling learners to develop greater independence, and progress to further learning or open or supported employment.
The outcomes and provision for disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs are included in reports evaluating specific subjects. To find these go to the advanced search in Resources and choose 'surveys and good practice' from the publications filter.
Survey reports about specific aspects within education, social care, learning and skills frequently have a specific focus on disabled children and young people and those who have special educational needs or adults with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. Some recent publications include:
- Supporting children with challenging behaviour through a nurture group approach - 12 July 2011. This survey examines the use of nurture groups and related provision in a small sample of 29 infant, first and primary schools. Nurture groups are small, structured teaching groups for pupils showing signs of behavioural, social or emotional difficulties, particularly those who are experiencing disruption or distress outside of school. The survey considers what makes nurture group provision successful and evaluates the impact on the pupils and their families.
- Choosing to volunteer - 5 December 2011. This survey evaluates volunteering programmes located within a sample of schools, colleges, and youth and community settings. It reports on the experiences of the young people, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged, who participate in volunteering programmes. Inspectors collected evidence through visits to six secondary schools, seven colleges and six youth and community organisations. The survey was supported by evidence from online panels of 328 young people.
- An evaluation of approaches to commissioning young people's services - 9 August 2011. This small-scale survey examines approaches to the commissioning of services for young people in 12 local authority areas and reports on the experience of national organisations involved in this work.
- The impact of the Early Years Foundation Stage - 10 February 2011. This survey evaluated the impact that the introduction of the Early Years Foundation Stage has had on provision and developmental outcomes for young children, with a particular focus on their personal, social and emotional development and communication, language and literacy skills. It also considered a range of other factors that are drivers or barriers to improvement.
Case studies of good practice
Janet Thompson has worked with disabled children and young people, and those who have special educational needs for over 26 years. Prior to joining Ofsted she worked in a range of schools and was headteacher of two schools. She has been an HMI since 2003 and has had an advisory role for special educational needs and disabilities within Ofsted for six years.