Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Special and Inclusive Education



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CIRSIE's work and vision

With wide-ranging interests in questions that help us understand inclusion and exclusion of certain groups in and from education, we are interested in developing research that encompasses questions of inclusion and exclusion of children with additional/special needs, whether these derive from particular disabilities or social exclusion for whatever reason. We are interested both in developing our theoretical understandings in this area and, importantly, in working with schools and individual teachers to develop good practice.

We meet as a group at least once a month during term time. Our meetings include seminars and other research events that are open to all, as well as times to support each other's research. In these times we act as critical friends in discussion of people's draft papers for publication and research grant applications and read relevant articles together.

Quality Evaluation Study of EHC plans

Dr Susana Castro and Dr Olympia Palikara are evaluating the newly developed Education, Health and Care plans that were introduced by the Children and Families Act and the SEND Code of Practice 2014, using a framework that has been endorsed by the World Health Organisation – the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health for Children and Youth. The project started in May 2015 and will end in January 2017. Sponsored by the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust.

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Research staff

Research projects

Doctoral students