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Seeing the whole picture: A holistic analysis of the profile of pupils with special educational needs in Northern Ireland

Research overview

This project aims to establish a longitudinal educational profile of pupils with special educational needs in Northern Ireland and to explore the relationship between their educational profile and individual level, family level and area level socio-demographic circumstances.

 


Public benefit

This holistic profile of pupils with special educational needs will give policy makers a better understanding of these pupils and help them to provide for these pupils better.

 


More about the project

Pupils with special educational needs (SEN) represent a sizeable proportion of the school population and there has been a gradual but steady rise in numbers over the past five years. Children and young people with SEN have consistently lower educational outcomes than their peers who do not have SEN. Evidence also confirms a relationship between the educational profile of pupils with SEN and the wider circumstances of their lives (including family structure, familial health, ethnicity and socio-economic status).

This project aims to establish a longitudinal educational profile of pupils with SEN in Northern Ireland and to explore the relationship between their educational profile and individual level, family level and area level socio-demographic circumstances. Uniquely, data will be linked from the Annual Pupil Survey and School Leavers’ Survey to Northern Ireland Census records and Northern Ireland Multiple Deprivation Measures. By providing this holistic profile of pupils with SEN, policy makers will be better informed in their understanding of, and provision for, these pupils.


Government departments

Northern Ireland Government


Date approved 

June 2016

 


Project Team

Dr Una O’Connor Bones (Ulster University)

Dr Finola Ferry (Ulster University)

Dr Michael Rosato (Ulster University)

Dr Emma Curran (Ulster University)

Prof. Helen Dolk (Ulster University)


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