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Claudia Holmes and Claire Hewson on SEND

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Claudia Holmes and Claire Hewson on SEND


Claire Hewson is an experienced early years practitioner and primary school teacher and is now a childminder and an education writer. Claudia Holmes has a professional background in international aid and development cooperation. She has a daughter, Sophie, who has Down Syndrome. Together they have written an incredible book – Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) in practice.

In this interview, we start with both a definition of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and the responsibilities or legal requirements placed on educational settings in England around SEND. We then go onto discuss the types of barriers and challenges that educational settings and parents or carers may face.

Claire and Claudia have some great strategies and advice – from a setting’s perspective and a parent’s perspective – to help children’s inclusion and positive use of language.

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) in practice: A practical guide for all providers of early years education caring for children with SEND from Practical Pre-school books here or Amazon here

Children and Families Act 2014
Equality Act 2010
SEND code of practice 0 to 25 years

Orchard Toys
Toy Like Me

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Kathy Brodie

Kathy Brodie