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"Being inclusive and ensuring our children are part of the community is so important, but that doesn’t mean every one of our children will stay in mainstream education. It isn’t a one size fits all system, and to leave Georgia in her primary school would not have been inclusive practice. To be inclusive means to treat all children as individuals, and ensure we meet their needs to enable them to thrive and fulfill their amazing potential."
Reading regularly, as I do, the blog posts from the Special Needs Jungle I came across a guest post from a mother who was trying to make a decision whether to choose mainstream or a special school for her daughter. I found the article very moving and thought I would share it as it may be helpful to other parents facing similar decisions.
To read Michelle Bailey's full story please click on the link below:
On Monday Tania and Debs from the Special Needs Jungle went to London to meet the Minister to discuss SEND reforms. They raised many of the comments and issues they had received from their readers including:
- Is it really going to happen? Will the Code of Practice be approved in time?
- Communication. So many parents are still being given inaccurate information or told things like “less statements, same needs”
- Personal Budgets – how was it envisaged that these would be used?
- How does the DfE foresee the health and care section of the EHC Plans working?
- Personalisation. The initial Green Paper was very focussed on person-centred but families feel this has become less apparent as the process has moved on.
- Teacher Training – as the teacher now has the focus on delivering the outcomes for children and young people with SEN, how would this be achieved? What training would be available?
- Culture Change – not all Local Authorities, schools, practitioners are engaging with families and using person centred practices so how do parents approach this?
To read all about their visit and the Minister's response please click on the link below:
CYP Now (Children and Young People Now) is offering their readers the opportunity to ask children’s minister Edward Timpson questions about the special educational needs (SEN) reforms.
Laura McCardle from CYP says that they are accepting questions from readers about the reforms, which will then be put to Timpson to answer. His responses will be published in a forthcoming issue of the magazine and online.
From September, a raft of new duties will come into force that will radically alter the way local authorities, schools and other agencies work with children and young people with SEN.
A key provision of the reforms, introduced under the Children and Families Act 2014, is the introduction of education, health and care (EHC) plans to co-ordinate support for all children and young people aged up to 25, replacing statements of SEN.
In addition, children and young people with SEN, and their families, will be offered personal budgets to carry out their EHC plan, giving them greater control over their care.
Local authorities will also be required to publish a “local offer” containing details of all the support available to disabled children and young people and families in the area – not just those with SEN.
To submit your questions, Tweet CYP Now using the handles @cypnow and @lauramccardle, email email@example.com or visit their website http://www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/1145220/timpson-answer-readers-questions-sen-reforms#sthash.vYx62k0o.dpuf
Edward Timpson has made a YouTube video on the importance of local authorities working closely with parents, and organisations working together, to make the new SEND system work for families. Click on the video link below to listen: