How to give children and young people who have SEN and disabilities (SEND), the support they need in the environment where they feel most fully included, should be a key concern of every teacher and practitioner. Drawing on her years of experience and conversations with a range of professionals, as well as the thoughts of children, young people and families who have encountered a number of settings, SEND expert Dr Rona Tutt examines both the benefits of the recent SEND reforms and also the opportunities that have been missed to meet needs more flexibly. Content focuses on; – Creating a climate where all children can thrive – An appreciation for the variety of innovative ways school leaders are meeting the needs of students – A consideration of the wider context of SEN from local to national level Clear and accessible, this is an inspiring read for anyone concerned with how individual needs are best met, rather than where their education takes place.
Chapter 1: The benefits, drawbacks and omissions of the SEND Reforms
The benefits, drawbacks and omissions of the SEND Reforms
‘I am the expert on my own child.’
The SEND Reforms which formed Part Three of the Children and Families Act 2014 were described as the biggest shake up of the system for over 30 years. As the changes are in the throes of being embedded, this chapter considers:
- The background to the reforms
- The main changes and what they were designed to achieve
- The benefits and drawbacks of the reforms
- The opportunities that were missed.
The chapter ends with an explanation of why the changes to the SEND system were important in terms of an opportunity to agree on the meaning of inclusion.
The SEND Reforms
Although there had been some tweaking ...