Special Needs Jungle

  • Jayne Stevens

    Thanks Deb – the whole ‘should’, ‘would’ and ‘must’ is a real concern – there needs to be more commitment and accountability.

    I’m not convinced the Troubled Families will pick up all the missing children though, moreso the other way round – the criteria is such that many children will be picked up as having an SEN based on their assessment of being a Troubled Family first of all, and I wonder where they will end up then . . .

    I’ve yet to read through the whole document though, so will reserve further judgement at this stage.

    • Debs Aspland

      Would love to hear your views once you’ve waded through 🙂

  • Thank you so much for this summary – it’s one of those things sitting in my inbox, glaring at me, but I just haven’t the heart or the time for it currently. I was afraid this is what might happen – a lot of wasted time on vague ramblings that really aren’t going to help parents of SEN children any more than the current system. That said, I do much prefer the format/layout of my new EHCP paperwork, but the system around it seems to be not really changing. I know old habits die hard, but if they’re not actually pushed to make proper visible changes then what hope have we got of ever seeing those changes? Wishy washy is my view on it. Maybe the bloggers could get together and all write a letter to Edward Timpson to ask why he bothered to waste our time and not even listen to us?! Anyhow thanks for taking the time to do this. Am hoping IPSEA are well and truly on the case….

    • Debs Aspland

      Thanks Steph, I didn’t realise you were actually trialling the EHC Plan. Be interesting to chat about it when you have chance 🙂

      • Tania Tirraoro

        I’ve been asking her that since we first met! Come on Steph, spill it!

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  • Gemma

    Schools are supposed to be able to manage the majority of special needs without children having a statement anyway, especially with the recent funding reform – I think provision in schools should be a separate code and should cover every child, not just those with SEN – yes, I might be living in dream land there. I think the change from 26 weeks to 20 weeks won’t make things happen quicker, many EHCs will just be late.

  • vaguest

    So LAs “must” use their “best endeavours” to secure blah, blah, blah…What on earth is the point of any of it then? If they only have to “try hard” that means they have a legal get out clause when it comes to actually providing, and cannot be made to actually provide a stick to stand with as long as they can show that someone went down to the woods and couldn’t find a suitable one. What a complete waste of time, money and effort this whole thing is, when all they need to do is remove responsibility for assessment from those who have to pay for the provision they find they have to make (because they don’t really look very hard, do they?), and introduce sanctions if they then fail to provide it.

    I would suggest a fine of 1 1/2 times the amount the provision would have cost them had they provided it for the time they were supposed to, some of which would go to the parents as compensation, since many parents end up paying for therapies etc themselves and never get that money back under the present system. If they know that not providing something will cost them more than providing it, that might give them more incentive to do the right thing in the first place, and it is shown over and over again that the earlier you get the right provisions and therapies in place the better the outcome.

    • Tania Tirraoro

      Hi Ian, we only know what is in the post and if you follow the in-post links you will see as much as t her is to see, which is. OT a huge amount of detail.
      This is just the headline, I am sure that the details will follow so watch out for them.

  • Kim Anderson

    Thank you so much for this succinct summary – I have been trawling the internet for hours trying to find out whether EBD has been reclassified for my SENCO qualification essay – couldn’t find a definitive answer anywhere until now!!

    • Tania Tirraoro

      Glad we could help, Kim. There’s a lot of great information on this site than could be of use to SENCos – why not sign up, top left, to receive posts in your inbox?
      There are big chances coming for SENCos in the draft CoP – we have information on the site about it.

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