It's a paltry sum but how does this money help kids? How does it improve outcomes?
More breakfast meetings? More networking?
What really annoys me is I can't work out what LAs are actually spending ANY of the piloting money on. They're clearly not letting people have SEN DPs and most of the stuff that is going on could have (and should have) been done under existing laws e.g. health and social care DPs, payments for transport, talking to parents....FFS
Rrrrriiiiight. £9m spread across 400 or so LAs in England. About £22,500 per LA then, to help with a transition they have to make anyway. What's that supposed to accomplish, other than lining the pockets of "best practice" education snake oil consultants and conference organisers?
Easy to dismiss as gesture politics. But then you think about what you could use that £9m for, and the red mist descends....