Have you ever wondered what educational staff know about the teaching requirements of students with Special Educational Needs and/ or Disabilities (SEND), and on the other hand, what obstacles the students with SEND face at school?

We are excited to present two infographics that highlight the current state of inclusive education, based on the results of a cross-sectional study conducted under the I_AM project in Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, and Poland during March 2021.

The first infographic focuses on the knowledge and beliefs of educational staff towards students with SEND. Although 59% of educational staff members know what inclusive education is, the results show that 72% of them are not familiar with the teaching needs of students with SEND. The study also revealed that teachers have insufficient knowledge on how to handle students with mental and developmental disorders, as well as chronic health conditions. However, 2 out of 5 teachers can share information and teach other students about the needs of students with SEND, while 4 out of 5 can share information with their colleagues about these needs.

The second infographic centers on the needs of students with SEND in schools. According to the study, 61% of young adults with SEND felt excluded during their schooling, and as a result, 90% of them face learning difficulties. The basic needs they have from teachers and classmates are acceptance and understanding. Meanwhile, according to educational staff, 16 out of 25 of their classmates feel empathetic and supportive towards them.

Find these, and a lot more results in the infographics below!