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Education and Psychology Research Active Network (EPRAN) Seminar 2019/2020

Wednesday 16th October 2019 (1.30-3pm) in Wolfson 1 & 2:

Mairi-Ann Cullen (CEDAR)
Best available evidence review of effective approaches for educating pupils with SEND in mainstream English schools: how did we do it? what did we find?

Mairi Ann Cullen will describe how a team from CEDAR, University of Warwick, conducted a systematised review of systematic reviews addressing eight key topics related to educating pupils with SEND in English mainstream schools. The topics were: assessment and identification of learning needs; inclusion; high quality teaching; key considerations around using targeted interventions; deployment of teaching assistants and support staff; effective work with external agencies; effective work with parents; and effective leadership of SEND in mainstream schools. The study had a relatively small budget and short timeline so pragmatic decisions were taken, whilst seeking to maintain high standards of evidence reviewing. The results are being used to inform guidance for mainstream schools, developed by the study’s funders, the Education Endowment Foundation. For researchers, the results also highlighted surprising gaps in the evidence base for SEND practice.