Special educational needs reforms 'failing generation of children'

theguardian | October 23, 2019

A cross-party committee of MPs has accused the government of failing a generation of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (Send) in a damning new report which calls for radical change across the system. The report, by the education select committee, said ambitious government reforms, introduced in 2014 to improve the experiences of Send pupils and their families, had been poorly implemented with damaging consequences for many. Children had been left without the additional support they merited, impacting not just on their education but in many cases their mental health. Their beleaguered families, meanwhile, were caught up in a nightmare of “bureaucracy, buck-passing and confusion” in a system which “breeds conflict and despair”. During the course of the 18-month inquiry, the committee heard from 70 witnesses and received 700 written submissions, among them accounts of children as young as nine attempting suicide while others had suffered anxiety, depression and self-harm.

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Teachers at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida are enhancing their lessons with virtual reality experiences.  Xennial Digital's XDVR Learning Portal power the virtual reality lab with learning experiences including echolocation, electricity, light refraction and reflection and much more.

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