Philippa (She/Her)

SENDCo and independent researcher, Independent free lance

About Philippa

As an experienced teacher and SENDCo, I have worked in primary and secondary schools in Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex. I have a particular interest in the implementation of SEND provision in mainstream schools and developed my research during the pandemic lockdowns to write my book 'Inclusive Education at the Crossroads: exploring effective special education in Global contexts,' with my co-author Professor Garry Hornby.  I have since written short related papers for international publications.  I'm also a great supporter of Special Needs Jungle which I follow keenly.  I belong to the SEND Policy Research Forum, and the Division of International Special Education & Services (Dises). I am now continuing some independent research exploring the causes behind the growing rise in the number of children presenting with SEND and would welcome the views of other researchers on this subject.   

Area(s) of Focus

Early Learning Primary School

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Area(s) of Interest

ADHD Assessment Augmented, Assistive Technology Autism and ASD Behaviour Cognition and Learning Communication and Interaction Curriculum Dyslexia Dyspraxia EYFS Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Leadership Literacy Policy & Guidance Primary Sensory and/or physical needs Social, emotional and mental health difficulties Speech, language and communication needs Technology

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May 09, 2023
Replying to Heidi Yardley

Visiting homes and tutoring SEN students who mainly refuse to attend school due to lack of support at school and SENCO refusing to believe they  have SEN need. Surely, whatever their SEN need should be supported? Been an eye opener to the inconsistencies and inefficiencies of SEN in secondary schools. As a result, there are a lot if frustrated parents, who cannot attain school places more fitting for their child, ie a lot of LEAs pushing students into mainstream which is not the right place for some students with autism with extreme high anxiety.

Hi Heidi, 

I have a lot of sympathy with this view and believe it is much more widely felt than commonly discussed. Your type of experience is one we aim to open up discussion about and reflect on extensively in chapters 6 and 7 of our book Inclusive Education at the Crossroads: Exploring Effective Special provision in Global Contexts by Gordon-Gould and Hornby. It is important that as a society we confront the real issues facing the effective provision of special needs today.

All the best.