My son has significant special educational needs and will be starting primary school this week. The future for children with significant learning difficulties has never looked better... ish. Six/ seven years ago we would have had a statement without question, now I know non verbal children who are unlikely to get any official additional support in the classroom. However, I am still feeling positive about the future, we have incredibly talented young teachers entering the profession, personalised learning, the pupil premium and statistical analysis will all allow those falling behind to be targeted for support.
SEN issues are much better communicated and most excitingly learning is about to undergo a radical transformation. Children who have difficulty following learning in the complex environment of the classroom will have opportunities to review things in their own time at home through portals and e-tutorials.
I have been using dragon dictation which will be amazing for those with dyslexia or pencil grip issues. I have taught students who would find standing talking in front of a class near impossible but could create an amazing presentation on educreations.
The future in teaching is looking really exciting,.... and i'll keep reminding myself of that at the school gates this week as I see him potter off to his new classroom!