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17:45 - 19:00 8 May 2018

What if…we thought anew about how we support special educational needs and disability in our schools


Jeffery Hall | UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way | London | WC1H 0AL | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Ticketed and Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Sally Phillips, Award winning writer and actress
Vijita Patel, Principal and National Leader of Education, Swiss Cottage School
Tara Flood, Disability rights activist and Director, the Alliance for Inclusive Education
Becky Francis, Director, UCL Institute of Education (IOE)
Klaus Wedell, former Director, National Association for Special Educational Needs

This year the Warnock Report turns 40 years old. How far have we come and where should we go next?

The Warnock Report marked a pivotal change in the provision of education for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) – encouraging these children’s inclusion in mainstream classes, and introducing the system of ‘statementing’ that set out a child’s needs and entitlement to additional support.

But much has changed in the intervening years – not least the increase in the number of children with SEND and the complexity of their needs, wider policies of parental choice and school accountability and, now, funding constraints on the availability of special school places and SEND support in mainstream classrooms. More recent years have also seen challenges to the bias towards inclusion.

In this context we are bringing together reflections from Baroness Warnock herself and a range of perspectives to take stock of the Warnock Committee’s recommendations.


Kate Thomas
+44 (0)2076126056 | ioe.events@ucl.ac.uk


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