Friday, 16 July 2010

Are you in England?

Concerned with 'special educational needs'?

From England's Department of Education 

Next steps on special educational needs and disabilities
News article: 07 July 2010
Speaking at an Every Disabled Child Matters event yesterday Sarah Teather, Children’s Minister, said:
We want to make sure that the most vulnerable children get the best quality of support and care. Children with special educational needs and disabilities should have the same opportunities as their peers. The system needs to be more family friendly so that parents don’t feel they have to battle to get the support their child needs.
That is why I will launch a Green Paper in the autumn to look at a wide range of issues for children with SEN and disabilities. Before then I will be looking at the results of the Ofsted review of SEN we are expecting later this summer, in addition to the many reviews of SEN policy in recent years. I’ll also be listening to the views of parents, teachers and organisations with an interest in this area.
The system needs to be far more transparent. We need to give parents more choice and involve them in the decision-making process. The Green Paper will also look at how to manage the transition beyond school so that young people over 16 can get the support they need.

http://www.education.gov.uk/news/news/sen-next-steps

Of course, now there is the long schools' holiday, then there will be the excitement of the new term and pressing reminders of the recession...

Then the Green Paper will come out. What will it say about Conductive Education?

This is hardly a Royal Commission... We shall see.

Sarah Teather?

Sarah Teather is the Liberal Democrat MP for Brent Central in North London, and Minister of State for Children and Families in the new Coalition Government:

2 comments:

  1. No surprises here, Andrew. This is exactly what was planned before the election.

    How, I wonder, will the Minister be "listening to the views of parents, teachers and organisations with an interest in this area" before publishing the Green Paper?

    An important question for those of us who would advocate for CE.

    For anyone interested, now might be a good time to reread the two reports published by the Conservative Party Commission on SEN chaired by Sir Robert Balchin.

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  2. 'This is exactly what was planned before the election.'

    So heartening to see an election pledge being so speedily delivered.

    Andrew.

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