(UK) SPED teens more likely to be unhappy than peers in regular ed

July 19, 2017, UK Almost one in five children with SEND unhappy with their secondary school Children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) more than twice as likely to be unhappy with school than those without SEND Children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are significantly more likely to be unhappy at secondary school than other children, new DfE-funded research has found. Almost one in five (19 per cent) children with SEND are unhappy with their school compared to just 7 per cent of children without SEND, say researchers at City, University of London. The research also found a link between having SEND and psychological difficulties – such as conduct problems or hyperactivity. A quarter – 25 per cent – of children have a high level of difficulties compared to 11 per cent of other children, according to the findings, although the researchers pointed out that there was an overlap with some children who had a SEND diagnosis due to psychological problems. … The report comes after an international survey of children’s wellbeing found that 15-year-olds in England were among the unhappiest in the world, coming 38th out of 48 countries.