Special Children

Early years, Primary, Secondary, Post-16


Published six times a year, Special Children magazine brings you case studies, expert guidance and practical ideas to help you to improve outcomes for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Whether you need strategies for improving literacy or numeracy, ways to include children with sensory impairments or help with preparation for Ofsted, Special Children offers insight and inspiration on every page.

Issue 243: Jul–Aug 2018

Issue 242: May–June 2018

Issue 241: Mar–Apr 2018


Who is it for?

  • SENCOs
  • Inclusion managers
  • Teachers
  • Teaching assistants
  • Learning support staff


Each issue features:

  • in-depth reports and case studies around proven best practice
  • a pull-out resource to use with pupils or colleagues
  • insights into innovative strategies
  • reviews by teachers, for teachers, of books and products that accelerate pupil progress.

How will you benefit?

  • Explore the latest developments in SEND, from groundbreaking research to government initiatives.
  • Discover how your peers are innovating to improve outcomes and enable progress.
  • Boost your professional development and continually improve your SENCO leadership and management skills.

Very useful. Keeps me informed of current issues and easy to read and use.

Mrs Chris Graham, Inclusion Manager, St John's (CE) Academy, Clifton

Included in your subscription

  • Six issues of Special Children magazine each year, printed in full colour.
  • Reader-exclusive discounts on the titles reviewed in each issue.
  • A chance to share your experiences and ideas as a talking point.

Access your digital copy

Optimus members have access to digital PDF copies of Special Children magazine (including past editions), articles and resources published online, as well as full access to the Optimus Knowledge Centre.

To access Special Children online, take out a free trial of the Knowledge Centre.

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