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 about SEND funding and a while ago, about the Local Offer. But it's always good to hear the message the DfE are getting and several of you have noted Mr Timpson's honesty in our previous interviews in admitting things are far from perfect. Of course it is only fair to note it is less than six months since commencement and not even a year since the Children and Families Act was passed.
I do wonder, if this hadn't been so close to an election, if the rush to the starting gate wouldn't have been at such breakneck pace, but we are where we are and that is families being pushed through transfer without a complete Local Offer to refer to, half-trained staff who have never heard of culture change and Independent Supporters being, in some quarters, the reform's best kept secret. Mine has decided she's finished with us even though we don't yet have a final EHCP.
But back to Ed. This is the last of the three chunks of interview and we hope you have found them informative. We would have liked to ask many more follow ups but we had 20 minutes for six questions so we did the best we could and we would like to thank Ed Timpson once again, for his time and to Bex, Matt and Helen at the DfE & Mike their cameraman for helping us produce this video for SNJ and for you. As ever, let us know what you think of his comments and the issues raised.
- Find video 1: Accountability here
- Find video 2: Culture Change
- Find Ed Timpson's round-up message to parents
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