I don’t know any family with SEN who has got what their child needed without a fight. I know lots who home educate instead, deeming it a better use of their time and energy.
The first thing I heard yesterday morning was an announcement on the news at 6 o’clock that claimed that hundreds of thousands of children were being misdiagnosed with special educational needs when they were simply under-achieving due to poor teaching and pastoral care at school. Apparently, all that was needed to solve the problem was better teaching!
Half asleep, I turned the radio off straight away convinced I was having a bad dream. But no, we are faced with yet another Coalition softening-up process towards cuts to which nobody will object, because another vulnerable sector of our society is vilified – children with special educational needs.
If the aim of this report was to give a broad and balanced analysis of the SEN system, and its relative benefits or weaknesses, why allow the report to be heralded by a flurry of alarmist Press and scaremongering journalism, so that parents are frightened, teachers…
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