PRE-SEND REVIEW Webinar with Will Quince MP

Yesterday Special Needs Jungle facilitated a webinar with the SEND Minister, Will Quince MP, ahead of the publication of the SEND Review. We joined with the NNPCF, Contact, and Family Fund as parent carers asked searching questions of the Minister on a wide range of topics.

No one expected Mr Quince to reveal the content of the Green Paper, due this month, but as a first exercise in engagement it was interesting to contrast this with the previous reforms starting in 2012. This time round, parents are more knowledgeable, more vocal, more cynical, and, unsurprisingly, a hell of a lot more angry.

The good news is that unlike all his predecessors since Ed Timpson, Mr Quince appears to be willing to speak to parents openly and seems to have a genuine desire to help disabled children, young people and parents/carers. Nevertheless, he admitted that parents are not likely to get everything they want because, no matter how good his intentions, there are many others holding purse strings and power who have other priorities.

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We have gained a pledge from Mr Quince for another collaborative webinar as part of the consultation process, so watch this space. When it arrives, we will help you through the consultation by breaking down the Green Paper into chunks and explaining the implications. If you're an expert in SEND and want to help us, get in touch.

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