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#SENDReview Answer Consultation Question 21

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Answering the questions in the SEND Review is not straightforward. There are complicated issues to consider if you want to do it properly. Below we have ponder points that you can use to help you answer the consultation

Even though our single answer forms have closed, you can still answer the consultation on the main Department for Education website or email your responses to: SENDReview.CONSULTATION@EDUCATION.GOV.UK

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Question 21, as stated on the Government website:

21: What support do local systems and delivery partners need to successfully transition and deliver the new national system?

Translation: What help does everyone need to put our new plans into practice?

There is no information for this question other than the very last bit:

"We know that engaging the sector, children, young people and parents to communicate and develop understanding of the proposals is a vital first step for successful implementation. As we do so, we will be clear that the time for change to start is now. There is a lot that local areas can begin to do to realise the vision of these changes; indeed, proposals build on practice that exists in some areas. We will therefore ask people not only to engage in shaping future plans but also to consider how they can make a difference today to support for children and young people with SEND."

SEND Green Paper

How can the DfE please everyone? It's unlikely they can, but they can definitely make changes to the way they conduct change management. It's said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. This is why it's vital for the DfE to think carefully about how it goes about making changes. It needs to consider what went wrong last time and ensure it doesn't make the same mistakes.

Ponder Points

  • What happened last time that meant the SEND reforms didn't have the impact intended? Long-time readers of SNJ will have been on this journey with us through the SEND pathfinders. If you're relatively new to SEND, you might want to have a wander through our past posts in our archive
  • What training is needed by each of the players, from SEN case workers, area managers and LA leaders, schools, health care commissioners, social care practitioners, and so on?
  • What about culture change - something often mentioned but so nebulous that no one seems to be able to make it happen.
  • What about resurrecting the Independent Supporters?
  • How will the right national computer systems be developed to support new national systems? How much might this cost and how long might this take?
  • How should the DfE work with the SEND Tribunal judges and the SEND legal system to create a workable and legally compliant template?
  • How should the DfE work with with the SEND Tribunal judges and the SEND legal system to create workable and legally compliant system changes?
  • Which parent carers should the DfE be working with to ensure family views are listened to?
  • How should they work with young people to ensure they know the changes will work for them?
  • What should the DfE do differently that "business as usual" to avoid simply ending up with the same results as usual?

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