What does Participation look like? A Circle or a Ladder?

Circle of Involvement

As I sat scrolling through Twitter a few weeks ago, I came across a conversation that set me thinking. Kath Evans (Head of Patient Experience at NHS England) was asking if people preferred an image showing “the ladder of participation” … Keep Reading…

The SEN Minister responds to your feedback of the special needs reforms so far

ed timpson letter

I received a letter from Ed Timpson, the Minister for Education with responsibility for SEND reform yesterday. It follows the trip Renata and I made to The Department for Education in January to conduct a video interview with him. If … Keep Reading…

A game-changer? Will ruling of illegal Local Offer force councils to do better?

LO ruling

On Thursday afternoon, we brought you an update from a High Court Judicial Review hearing which found that Warwickshire’s SEN & Disability Local Offer plans were so rubbish that they actually broke the law. By the date the new SEND reforms … Keep Reading…

The Local Offer and SEND funding: 3rd part of our video chat with the SEN Minister

Our last of the three sections of our video interview with Ed Timpson, the Education Minister with responsibility for SEND reform focuses on both the Local Offer and SEND Funding. We have covered these topics before of course, most recently … Keep Reading…

Accountability and the SEN reforms: SNJ asks the Minister, Ed Timpson (Part 1)

Tania, Ed Timpson, Renata

As regular readers will know, Renata and I went along to the Department of Education recently to interview the Minister responsible for Special Educational Needs, Ed Timpson. This week we’re going to bring you the interview in three parts, all … Keep Reading…

Carter Review makes recommendations to improve SEND teacher training

carter review

We mentioned in a post late last year that a consultation was being carried out into Initial Teacher Training and hope that many of you had an opportunity to contribute. The report,  the Carter Review of Initial Teacher Training (ITT) headed by … Keep Reading…

SEND reform feedback needed! We’ll give it directly to the Minister.

send reform feedback image

We have a little trip to the Department for Education this coming week. We’d like to take some direct parental feedback of the reforms. We’d also like direct feedback from teachers, practitioners, LA staff and health/social care providers as we … Keep Reading…

The SENCo campaigning to #CountMeIn over SEND school funding

Twitter has a thriving community of teachers, SENCos, school leaders and many other education professionals. Lots of them, I’m pleased to report, are following us @SpcialNdsJungle One mainstream secondary SENCo we follow is the interestingly named @AspieDeLaZouch, who, as the handle … Keep Reading…