Sheena Bell, is leading the prestigious European bid for a two year project: Employment Links (SENEL), will focus on transition into employment, from vocational education and training (VET) and further education (FE), for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). We are partnered by colleagues from City of Oxford College of Further Education Oxford, and with international partners in The Czech Republic, Finland and Germany. The key objective of this two-year Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership project is to produce two dynamic tools to support this transition process for students with SEND. In the first year of the project a tool for employers entitled “A Brief Guide for Employers of Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disability” will be produced in 4 languages. This will be followed in the second year by materials aimed at young people with SEND entitled “The Passport to Employment for Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities”. This is will be a self-advocacy tool for FE students with SEND, transitioning from FE to work.
I currently supervise one Phd Student working on spelling difficulties in an international context, and a number of MA SEN students with SEN/Dyslexia themed research.