Wednesday, 9 March 2011



The Green Paper has at last been been published. It can be found at:

Conductive Education? It isn't there. Nor, as far as I can see, is anything that might represent lessons learned from England's Conductive Education experience since the mid nineteen-eighties. My, how the mighty has  fallen.

Lots, however, to examine and think about in far more detail. Good luck with it folks.

Me, I am off now, to prepare my Conductive Education lecture for this week. Export only, I am afraid. It is about healing, pedagogy and upbringing, hardly discourses de jour in England!

I do hope that I won't feel myself called upon to blog on the SEN Green Paper for a bit. I should like to see how the dust settles, and what others make of it. I shall try to restrict any irresistable snippets along the way, to brief notifications on Facebook! See you there perhaps:

A first 'tool kit'

The Department for Education loves 'tool kits'. I do not but I do offer the following questions (from a week or so ago) as one way of opening up the Green Paper in other than its own terms:
  • CE people will be looking out for mention of Conductive Education. Maybe it will be mentioned, maybe not. If it is mentioned, will what is said make you shout 'Hoorah', or sink into depair?
  • What is currently called 'physical disability' will surely get a mention. Again, what is said may make you shout 'Hoorah', or sink into depair.
  • 'Inclusion' is a guarunteed topic – 'Hoorah', or despair, or somewhere in between?
  • Money, money, money – and best value (evidence-based practice?)
  • Allocation of what money there is – or to use the old financial term 'assessment'. (And what will happen to educational psychologists?)
  • Transition to adulthood (and those non-existant adult services)
  • Training (for whom, in what, by whom?)
  • Research
  • In our brave new Big Society, lots about the voluntary sector (charities)
  • And of course parents, with bold talk about 'choice' and 'partnership' – and lots of 'support'.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Came across this regarding the 2005 Warnock rethink. I've been wondering how closely it maps onto parts of the Green Paper.

When you get round to gathering your thoughts, perhaps you might comment on this?

"Therefore Baroness Warnock's mooted solution is as follows:

* The single most effective way to improve educational provision is to provide small maintained schools to which students could have access if (and only if) they have a statement;
* Statements should be used as passports to such schools, and for no other purpose, so there would be no pupils with statements in mainstream schools;
* Some of the pupils in mainstream schools would of course have special needs, but only such as could be met within the normal resources of the schools and for the most part in the normal classroom; although small schools would be expensive, they would not need to offer such a wide range of subjects as a large comprehensive school;
* A new system would get rid of the anomaly that within the same school (and sometimes even the same class) there may be some pupils with statements and some without them, whose needs nevertheless appear to be much the same;
* A new kind of specialist school would be able to cater properly not only for children with specific disabilities which prevented them from being taught in a large school but also for children with needs that arise from social disadvantage.

Friday, 11 March 2011 at 17:16:00 GMT  

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