Tanya Tothill


PhD Researcher in Education (ESRC +3)
Graduate School of Education, University of Exeter

Start date: October 2019

Research topic: Understanding the Identification of Special Educational Needs in England: The Current Reality from Classroom to Policy Level.

My research focuses on the understanding of the identification of special educational needs in England, with the aim of facilitating a greater common understanding of special educational needs and so contributing to improving the effective use of limited educational resources.  I am focusing particularly on three categories of special educational need: moderate learning difficulties (MLD), autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) and social emotional and mental health (SEMH) within three English local authorities. I plan to follow an examination of local authority data trends with an exploratory survey of those involved in special educational needs identification.

Research supervisors: Professor Brahm Norwich, Dr Hannah Anglin-Jaffe

Email: tt365@exeter.ac.uk