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Technology for SEND Education

Technology for SEND Education

12th June 2018

Technology has the potential to transform learning and unlock opportunity for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Yet schools need support to take advantage of this technology effectively. And, with the majority of children with Education Health and Care Plans educated in mainstream, every school needs to take up the challenge of using technology in SEND.

This panel event, held by the APPGAT, will explore how schools and local authorities can procure technology, so that children with SEND have specialist tools to help them, and classroom-wide technology is accessible to all children. The event will also look at how schools support the effective use of technology so it is integrated into learning and assessment. The panel,  chaired by Lord Low, included:

Lord Addington (Liberal Democrat)

Rt Hon. the Lord Blunkett (Labour)

Sharon Hodgson MP (Labour)

Dr Abi James (British Dyslexia Association)

Patrick McGrath (British Assistive Technology Association)

Prof. Sonia Blandford (Achievement for All)

Angela Rayner MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Education) gave the keynote address. 

This event built on the APPGATā€™s previous work on technology and education, which found the need for schools to have access to AT Specialists, e.g. Advisory Teachers, and for every teacher to have a base level of AT Confidence. We recently used these findings to respond to the DfE consultation on newly qualified teacher status and professional development. The present event will be used to produce a briefing for Parliamentarians and civil servants and the findings will inform the APPGAT submission to the Education Select Committee Inquiry on SEND