SEN Green Paper response round up and other special needs stories

It's been something of an eventful week for both Special Needs and Special Needs Jungle. Last week, I was called up by a reporter from the Daily Telegraph to ask my views on whether I thought one in five schoolchildren really had special needs. We had a good chat and the article appeared on Saturday. It was followed by a barrage of comments online on the DT, often displaying the most moronic and ignorant views-- not aimed at me, but at vulnerable children.  As the paper didn't really reflect the crux of what I had said, I wrote a blog post the same day that attracted much more thoughtful comments (thank goodness) from people who actually have opinions worth reading.

Then, the detailed response to the SEN Green Paper came. I was called up by Christine Alsford from Meridian TV, my ITV region and they came over and spoke to me about it, even filming Youngest in his bright blue BodySox.  (See post below with the footage).

On Wednesday, I went to an EHCP meeting for the Surrey pathfinder where, after the government announcement the previous day, there was understandably something of a sense of urgency and alarm at the accelerated deadline. The new lead, Susie Campbell, however, appears more than up to the task. Actually, I think she's fab.

And so, understandably, this week's stories are mostly about the Next Steps document and the response to it - all worth reading to see different perspectives.

And if you missed my guest post about Floortime for autism - there's a free parent ticket and a cut price professional ticket for a June workshop on offer - check out the post below.

Tania Tirraoro


  1. As requested here’s my link

    Media attention has focused on reducing the number of statements and on giving personal budgets to parents of disabled children. Having read the DfE paper several times, my impression is that it may be some considerable time till we get a date for implementing the single Education, Health and Care Plan, since at this stage the Government is still talking in terms of a draft Bill and the Government has been careful only to say that it “aims” or “intends” to legislate during the current Parliament.Freedom of Information answers received in April/May 2012 make it clear that the Pathfinder areas have not made their final selection of families to participate in the pilot…

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