Our research covers the entire spectrum of special educational needs, from moderate to severe.

About Us

Current research themes and projects

The Centre for Special Educational Needs and Disability brings together academics, research staff and doctoral students who are interested in the educational aspects of children, young people and adults with special educational needs and disabilities, and provides a forum for discussion and debate about current theoretical, policy, research and practice issues.

Our research covers:

Inclusive education policy and practice

  • Future schooling for diversity
  • Academisation and impact on pattern of provision
  • Evaluation of inclusive education programmes
  • Co-located special schooling
  • Proportion of children with SEN in mainstream schools
  • Tensions and dilemmas in policy and practice
  • Teacher attitudes to Inclusion

Pedagogy, lesson practices and professional learning

  • Lesson Study and teacher collaboration
  • Enhancing teaching and learning for pupils with learning difficulties
  • Using Lesson Study for formative assessment purposes
  • Pedagogical decision-making; Teachers of pupils with severe intellectual disabilities
  • Lesson planning for diversity
  • Inclusive teaching: specialisation of teaching issues
  • Early targeted inclusive interventions (wave 2)

Mental health and schooling

  • Emotional and behavioural difficulties in childhood and adolescence
  • Well-being and mental health practices in schools
  • Attributions for Success in Learning

Methodological approaches

  • Sociological perspectives and narrative research approaches
  • Evidence syntheses
  • Mixed methodologies
  • Futures thinking
  • Secondary data analysis