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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Online consultation on SEN and disability

Green Paper: Children And Young People With Special Educational Needs And Disabilities – Call For Views

Launch Date: Friday 10 September 2010

Closing Date: Friday 15 October 2010

On 10 September the Minister of State for Children and Families, Sarah Teather, invited views from everyone with an interest in services for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) or disabilities in England. All views and perspectives received will be considered as part of developing proposals for a Green Paper on SEN and disability to be published this autumn.

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