SEN Review 2010

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.

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Human rights teaching reduces bullying, study finds

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.

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Are parents to blame for bad behaviour in schools?

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.

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More about PSHE

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: – she advocates the need for PSHE to become statutory in schools if we are to educate and develop our pupils’ holistically

Future of many education quangos still under review

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.

Teachers given power to punish outside school

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.

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Teachers back call for pregnancy clinics in schools

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  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.

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Is this really a growing problem in our schools? For and against

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.

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Ofsted report on special needs comes under fire


Expert says more special needs children are being identified because diagnosis has improved

Jeevan Vasagar education editor

 A study indicating that teachers may have wrongly labelled thousands of children as having special needs was challenged today.Brian Lamb, who carried out a review for the previous government of parents’ views of the special needs system, said more  children were being identified because of better diagnosis. 

The Ofsted report says half of those labelled as having special needs were misdiagnosed. Photograph: Christopher Thomond

Michael Gove brings back technical schools to train new generation of plumbers and mechanics

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.
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