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    Why don’t you visit local SEN settings as CPD ie to learn what provision might better meet the needs of your more complex SEND pupils? Then you’ll see if you think you’d enjoy it. I think it depends massively on the School as they vary hugely according to type of need, specifically for one type of SEND (eg SEMH, autism, S&CLD ) or general, the ethos of the school (are they behaviourist, or do they take a more child-led approach?)

    What is definitely true is that despite everyone’s intentions to be more inclusive in mainstream, as schools are organised currently, the provision that some pupils crave and require is not being made and in fact might not be possible to make. There is tension between the higher academic expectations of mainstream, and the special school’s ability to reduce school based triggers and stresses and enhance well being.