Sunday, 6 March 2011

SEN: D-2

All quiet on the public front.

Yesterday's posting in the run-up to the publication of the Green Paper on the future of 'special educational needs' in England was delayed by problems over connection to the Internet.

No matter, I am sure! 'SEN: D-3' is now published and – as far as today is concerned – I have little to report – except that the apparent  lack of interest in this matter in the national Sunday papers provides a useful reminder of just how unimportant and uninteresting SEN is seen to be.

Well, not entirelty. One of the richest local authorities in the country, Richmond-upon-Thames, has announced that it is improve access at one of its special schools – and Teachers' TV says that the Green Paper is 'eagerly awaited'. We shall see. Oh yes, and Bexley council proposes cutting its budget for special-needs transport. Life goes on.

By the way, the report on Richmond says as follows –

...the improvement works are part of Richmond Council's bid to enhance the provision of additional educational needs (AEN) and special educational needs (SEN) facilities in the borough.

Is there a distinction here to look out for in the the future?



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am reminded that we classify 1 in 5 children as having special educational needs. And that close examination reveals that this disguises that as regards boys, this rises to nearly 1 in 4.

As I have observed elsewhere, this surely is evidence not of the failing of the young people but of our own understanding of children or education or both.

Sunday, 6 March 2011 at 21:39:00 GMT  

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