Yesterday we brought you part one of our video interview with the Education Minister in charge of SEN reform, Ed Timpson.
Today, culture change is under the spotlight. We have said on SNJ often, that culture change, in other words attitudes, is key. That you can throw as many resources as you like at the reforms but it will all be for naught unless the people administering the system in SEN departments, the NHS, social care staff and in schools, get with the programme that the family must be at the centre.
"Person-centred" isn't just a catchy buzzword, it's an ethos that ensures the needs of the child and their family are paramount, above convenience and systems. This is, obviously, a huge challenge for many who have always done things, "in a certain way".
It's also something that cannot be achieved in such a short period of time but our concern is that it isn't learned by osmosis - and it has to be top down.
Renata and I spoke to Ed Timpson about how he thought it was going in the second of our three-part interview. Take a look and let us know what you think about what was said and if you have noticed a change in attitudes.
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