In light of Lorraine Peterson’s talk this morning, in which she referred to the review of SEN currently being undertaken by the Coalition government, I thought this would be of interest – Lorraine herself features toward the end of the article:
SEN review set to be most significant ‘since Warnock’
News | Published in The TES on 25 June, 2010 | By: Kerra Maddern
Sir Bob Balchin, who led last Tory overhaul of sector, says Teather investigation will have ‘serious consequences’
A review of special educational needs provision in England will result in the most radical changes to the system for 30 years, the educationalist who led the last Conservative overhaul has said.
The review, which was announced last week, will look at why one in five pupils is now officially labelled as having special needs, and how to pay for the costly extra support they need.
This article in The Guardian, Tuesday 2 November 2010, makes for interesting reading and has some significant outcomes:
Unicef project in hundreds of UK schools helps to foster calmer classrooms and a reduction in bullying and truancy
Teaching children about their human rights can reduce bullying and exclusions, improve relations with teachers and create a calmer atmosphere for learning, according to an academic study published today.
A Unicef UK project running in more than 1,000 schools across Britain teaches pupils about their rights and responsibilities, and encourages them to draw up charters for classroom behaviour.
Education experts have told MPs that many parents set a bad example to their children, for example, by encouraging them to ‘hit back’.
Parents are undermining teachers’ efforts to improve children’s behaviour by setting a bad example, MPs heard today.
Education experts told the cross-party commons education select committee that parents were increasingly in conflict with teachers over what constitutes good behaviour.
Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/mortarboard/2010/oct/13/parents-blamed-for-bad-behaviour
The PSHE Association provides an excellent starting point for ideas and resources re. delivering effective PSHE in schools.
Some food for thought here from Maggie Walker, Deputy CEO and director of curriculum at Asdan (an educational charity and skills-based awarding body: www.asdan.org.uk) – she advocates the need for PSHE to become statutory in schools if we are to educate and develop our pupils’ holistically
See today’s article in The Independent regarding which of the education quangos have been scrapped and which are still under review – one of these being the TDA.
These form part of the coalition governments attempts to cut bureacracy within public services such as education and health – 192 quangos are to be scrapped as things stand to date.
Pupils will be disciplined for bad behaviour in town centres
By Michael Savage, Political Correspondent
Wednesday, 6 October 2010
Headteachers will be given greater powers to punish pupils for bad behaviour outside school in a fresh attempt to tackle anti-social conduct, the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, said yesterday.
New guidance will be handed out to teachers, making it explicit that they can step in to discipline their students for misbehaving before or after school, or at the weekends.
Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/teachers-given-power-to-punish-outside-school-2098917.html
Schools would be ideally placed to help pregnant teenage girls, say teaching unions
Jessica Shepherd education correspondent
Antenatal clinics should be set up in schools to care for pregnant teenagers
guardian.co.uk Wednesday 22 September 2010 10.42 BST
Teachers today welcomed proposals to set up antenatal clinics in schools to care for pregnant teenagers.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, a major health watchdog, said research showed pregnant women under 20 often felt excluded from antenatal care in hospitals.
It suggests midwives go into schools to carry out health checks and offer advice. Teaching unions said schools were “trusted hubs within their communities” and would be ideally placed to help pregnant teenage girls.
Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2010/sep/22/teachers-back-pregnancy-clinics-in-schools
Kate Fallon and Julia Douetil discuss the claim that SEN classification has expanded unneccessarily
The Independent, Tuesday, 14 September 2010
Kate Fallon: Yes
When Mary Warnock produced her seminal report in 1978, focusing on children with special educational needs, she had no idea how phenomenal the consequences would be for children, parents and local authorities.
Julia Douetil: No
A serious challenge runs through this report, that too many children are “mis-labelled” SEN, when their difficulties are the result of poor initial teaching. On the one hand, this appears reasonable. The reports cites the over-representation of children in poverty among those with SEN, and a culture of low expectation which my experience in Reading Recovery backs up.
Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/schools/is-this-really-a-growing-problem-in-our-schools-for-and-against-2078444.html
Technical differences: Critics of Mr Gove's plans say they will lead to a two-tier system
Ministers yesterday announced a new generation of technical schools to train teenagers to become engineers, plumbers and mechanics.
Students aged 14 will be able to quit mainstream comprehensives to study at specialist centres where they will ‘get their hands dirty’.
The plan – outlined by Education Secretary Michael Gove – marks a dramatic revival of the secondary technical schools established in the 1940 and 1950s.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1310656/Michael-Gove-brings-technical-schools-train-new-plumbers-mechanics.html#ixzz0zOawCdbN