You may remember that we were due to have the previous Children's Minister, Sarah Teather, on Mumsnet for a webchat back in September but she was reshuffled just hours beforehand. So we're very pleased that the new Children's Minister, Edward Timpson, will be here for a LIVE webchat on Tuesday 13 November at 12:00pm to discuss the Government?s proposed changes to special educational needs policy.
Hothead - not sure I saw this group's submission on the Education Committee's website so thanks for this. I will read with interest.
I think different LAs can have very different approaches to parent input. I know ours considers it little more than a justification for its actions and the parent carer forum here was used as an example of good practice and co-signed the pathfinder authority bid. Yet, I have tried to raise issues and challenge practices through this group and have been completely ignored.
My question is Tim what happens to those children who already have statements of special educational needs???????
Do they get converted to an EHC plan? It's a scary thought!
I am a mother of two children both with SEN one who is Autistic and attending special school I had to 'fight' with the LA to get him into a special school. My child could not cope at mainstream school and the school were not capable of meeting his needs. The process to actually get him into a special school whilst at mainstream almost took a year. A whole year of my child's life was put on hold he continued to struggle on.
My child with ASD has a statement although we are appealing to the SENDIST tribunal as the statement doesn't quantify or specify provision in line with the Sen Code of Practice like many statements I have seen they are all pretty much the same. If you want your child to receive provision or go to a specialist school you have to battle the LA.
The statutory process is a long tiring process as is the route to tribunal but at least parents have the 'right' to request a statutory assessment and the right to appeal to tribunal with the current system. If these proposed changes go through they will simply take away parents rights to request a statutory assessment there is no other way in excusing this at all. The new bill waters down the parents rights, the parents suffer but mostly importantly our children suffer the most. Do they not have enough to contend with already?It will take away the right from parents to be able to appeal to the SEND tribunal.
I am, like I'm sure most parents tired of fighting the system and battling endlessly just to get an education and support for my children but it's something we all have to do because otherwise our children simply wouldn't get the help or provision they need.
What about those children who have Aspergers, Dyslexia, visual impairment those who have an average cognitive ability the new legilsation does not cater for them at all?
The only advantage is that the age will be raised until 25 which is great and really what the current system should be providing anyway.
Why not just amend the current system and increase the age to 25???
At least with the Sen Code of Practice parent's know what their rights are and the LA know they should write statements in line with the SEN code of practice, although they don't we as parents can at least appeal, why should that right be taken away?
Please do not let these proposals go through everyone will suffer the parents of the children, the children and the schools the list is endless.
This will be the first time that such leglisation is passed to strip away parents rights for getting their children with SEN an education and help they need.