Special Educational Needs

Choosing a school for a child with special educational needs

Couple on a laptop choosing a school for a child with special educational needs

Amongst the most crucial choices you will ever have to make for children with special educational needs, is the selection of the right school. It should be stressed that, whatever sources of information you use or what advice you take, in the end the only valid choice will be one based on your own visits to the schools themselves and discussions with their staff, pupils and Heads. One of the key things you will certainly want to consider is which type of school would be most appropriate for your child. There are a number of options to choose from.


Helen Caldwell, from the University of Northampton, on using technology with SEN pupils

University of Northampton, Special Educational Needs, Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Computing, Net-Aware,

Helen Caldwell, Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Northampton, who’s also an Apple Distinguished Educator, shares her thoughts on the use of technology for education and outlines some ideas for implementing technology in outdoor sessions…

Our children are increasingly spending less time outdoors exploring their environment. They spend more time engaging with the world around them in a digital format - through the various mobile devices now available to them at home and in the classroom.

They’re mixing learning, gaming, watching video content and using social media to communicate in a more interactive way than ever before. They are often way ahead of the curve in understanding technology, compared to parents, and some educators. 

Brightening Lives, Building Futures - Birtenshaw College

Birtenshaw College

Birtenshaw College is located in Bolton and provides specialist further education for learners aged 16 to 25 with Special Educational Needs and Disability including physical disability, complex health needs, learning disability and autism.   

The College was established in 2014 in collaboration with Bolton College and Bolton Council.  The joint project was in response to the lack of local further education opportunities for disabled learners leaving school who could not access mainstream college courses because of the high level of support they needed.  It has been an Independent Special Post 16 Provider since September 2016.