The Special Educational Needs and Disability Progression Partnership (SEND PP) has been set up to ensure education professionals and advisers have all the information needed to support disabled students to successfully apply to higher education.
The number of disabled students entering higher education has increased significantly over the past few decades. According to the OfS Equality & Diversity data, between 2010 and 2017, the proportion of students in England self-reporting a disability increased from 8.1 percent to 13.2 percent.
However, the application process for disabled students means that they can face several challenges over and above those experienced by the wider student cohort and are often unaware of the support that is available to them, such as the Disabled Students Allowance.
Our Key Actions
- To work closely with disabled students in HE and SEND students in schools and colleges to share their experiences and influence the direction of the network.
- To provide CPD opportunities to make sure staff in schools and colleges are aware of the support and opportunities available in higher education for disabled students.
- To share information with students, parents and carers, and professionals.
- To develop communication channels with staff (Senior Leaders, Support Staff, Teachers, Careers Advisers) in schools and colleges.
- To adapt HE outreach materials and activities to be inclusive, representing opportunities for disabled students where appropriate