The Deputy Director for SEND, Stuart Miller, took over the role shortly after the reforms were implemented. Stuart's job is to ensure that the reforms are accomplishing what they were intended to - to ensure a better experience for children and families, to better identify those with a special educational need and ensure they are given the right help and to make sure that local authorities understand and are implementing both the legal and cultural aspects of the reforms.
There's no doubt that this is a huge task, particularly as many families have found the transfer from statement/Learning Difficulty Assessment to an Education, Health and Care Plan has not exactly gone according to plan.
Tania from the Special Needs Jungle was recently invited to meet Stuart at the DfE recently to share some of the SEND experiences that parents have told them about and how SNJ see their role as ensuring that the voice of the parent gets directly to those in the decision-making positions. Stuart has agreed that he and his team will answer the top ten most frequently asked questions that parents send in.
The SNJ are asking you to submit your questions to them and they will then collate every question asked in order to get the top 10. Each person is able to submit up to three questions via their online form. You have until Sunday 15th November 2015 to ask your questions. To get involved please visit their webpage http://www.specialneedsjungle.com/ask-the-dfe-put-your-send-queries-directly-to-the-man-at-the-ministry/