nasen launch insightful report on DME (Dual and Multiple Exceptionality)

News - 4 December 2018

The report was commissioned by nasen as a key part of a campaign to ensure that children and young people with DME are provided with the support they need to enable them to realise their full potential.

DME is a term used to describe those who have high learning potential and in addition to this, have a special educational need or disability (SEND).

The report, which also identifies the next steps in supporting children and young people with DME was written by Chris Waterman, the Secretary of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Teaching Profession, and Alison Ryan, a Consulting Adviser with the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG).

Speaking about the report, Dr Adam Boddison, nasen’s Chief Executive said: “In recent years, I had the privilege of working with the late Professor Stephen Hawking, who was a great advocate of developing a national DME offer. As somebody who was known as much for his ability as his disability, he was arguably one of the most high-profile people with DME. However, there may be many others with DME who are unidentified. At a societal level, we need to ensure that we do not miss the next Stephen Hawking.

This report offers practical recommendations for how we raise the profile of DME and develop a national DME offer, and I am confident that by working together, with key partners, we can identify and meet the needs of all learners, including those with DME”.

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