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A Damning Report

Dear All

Published today, the title sums it up really.

Myself, as a parent/carer of (now) young adults, I still believe these reforms are the right reforms, but oh what a mess! And unfair on everyone at the front line; from the children to their parents, to the teachers to the authorities tasked with delivering the reforms.

Here’s a brief round-up from this morning. More to come over the weekend (with the more usual variety of articles).

1. The SEND Inquiry's starting point

2. The Education Committee’s SEND Report

3. “Government’s special educational needs reforms failing young people and parents, say MPs”

4. A couple of BBC Reports

5. From Special Needs Jungle

6. Why the Warnock Report matters today

1 SEND Inquiry’s starting point

A reminder of the Inquiry's starting point...

“In 2014, the Government introduced wide-reaching changes to the SEND system, with the intention of offering simpler, improved and consistent help for children and young people with SEND. The Government claimed these changes would give families greater choice in decisions. The Committee’s new inquiry is intended to review the success of these reforms, how they have been implemented, and what impact they are having in meeting the challenges faced by children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.”

2 The Education Committee’s SEND Report

“We’ve just published our #SEND report after our 18-month #SENDinquiry. Read the report summary here:”



Full report:

3 “Government’s special educational needs reforms failing young people and parents, say MPs”

The Education Committee. 23rd October 2019

And from the website…

“A generation of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities is failing to receive the support it deserves, with poorly implemented legislation leaving families facing a nightmare of bureaucracy, buck-passing and confusion, say the Education Committee in its report on Special educational needs and disabilities.”

4 A couple of BBC Reports

A radio report and a written report (no time to check the television news!)

The Today Programme, BBC Radio 4

A report on this item only appeared once this morning at 6.13am! Brexit, unsurprisingly, dominate the news.

To hear their report, follow the link below and go from 13.15 minutes in, to 15.45 minutes

“The department didn’t need to preside serenely over chaos for 5 years to see things weren’t going as planned.”

BBC News, website report

'Unlawful practices and buck passing' over special needs

“The Commons Education Committee said the government had set councils up to fail by upping parents' expectations while cutting council budgets overall.”

5 From Special Needs Jungle

As ever, an accessible run through of the report’s content…

“SEND Inquiry Report: Education committee blasts DfE, LAs and Ofsted over multiple SEND failures

The 127-page report is rigorous, measured, and absolutely damning.”

6 Why the Warnock Report matters today Sometimes it’s perhaps worth remembering how far we’ve come since 1978. The world for our children is getting better - just very slowly!

“Baroness Warnock’s landmark 1978 report on special education sparked legislation that enshrined the policy of inclusion, and it changed the way we talked about disability.” TES

If you have any questions at all, please ask and I'll do my best to find an answer.

With best wishes, Romany



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