In today's news:
The thousands of children missing out on key support for diagnosed special educational needs in England is a "national scandal", Ofsted has said.
Chief inspector of England's schools, Amanda Spielman, reveals 2,060 children with official education, health and care plans (EHCs) setting out their needs receive no support at all.She also raises the issue of children disappearing from education.Some parents said a child is only assessed when they are excluded.
Ms Spielman says: "Too often, children who have been assessed still do not receive the services they need."She uses her annual report to expose what she describes as a "bleak picture" of too many children "failed by the education system".
Link to article: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-46400397
Unfortunately 2060 children and their parents, are still a very small number. And the general public couldn't care less.
My experience is that most people still try to avoid the SEND children and don't want their kids mixing with them or going to the same schools.
I think the situation is better than it was in the 1960s and 70s, when I attended school. We received no extra help or support of any kind.
I wonder if this is the same thing, she is urging schools to put more on to parents and blames poor parenting for everything, at least that is what is being circulated to teachers.
Do you have more information about this?
I think there needs to be more clarity between the services which schools are expected to provide and the services which parents are expected to provide.
Under the 1996 Education Act parents are the one's ultimately responsible for their child's education. I believe that schools should include more in the way of life skills and social skills into the curriculum but the state school system must not become a national religion like the NHS has.
The NAS provides very little help and support directly to children with ASD in mainstream schools.
All I know is the mainstream school I work in they get practically no additional funding for sen children the staff have been cut and the extras they are expected to provide in school is more than should be happening. But I'm lucky the staff there put in there own time so the children don't miss out but it's not sustainable. I agree parents are the first people responsible for caring for children but it is not good enough when you go to the NHS for help with your childs needs and they send you back to the school as you are not qualified to decide whether your child has a problem this then puts more strain on the school especially when the child seems to function in class. Ofsted are the ones that keep piling pressure on schools and to me it looks like they are playing teachers and parents against each other which helps no one.
I might be way off for other areas but this is what I see in my kids school and our local NHS trust
What exactly would the money be spent on?
In our school specifically extra one on one staff and further sensory equipment,
I know the issue of funding for schools sucks the area I'm in has one of the lowest levels in the UK but because it is deemed a wealthy area we don't qualify for additional pupil funding unlike others even though most of the area is not well off. Our school struggles and the only reason that these kids get the help they need is that teachers and ta's put in so many unpaid hours as they won't see the children struggle.
The issue is that when you go to the NHS to ask for help (they kept passing my daughter around for 4 years) the doctors tell you you are not qualified to decide whether your child has a problem so go to the school this means more strain on already overloaded schools as the school then has to allocate time and resources to support the parent until the doctors finally agree when the school says the same thing that the parent has been saying all along! If the doctors listened in the first place the school could have put those resources to use elsewhere.
There weren't any extra staff for SEN at schools back in the 1990s unless they had to teach blind or deaf kids. Infact there weren't even TAs for every classroom.
The pupil premium is designed around children with free school meals or those who have left LA care as opposed to children with SEN. It is used by many schools for other children with SEN because the children who were responsible for bringing in the extra money often don't require any additional services.
The NHS is useless when it comes to AS or matters relating to SEN. I wouldn't waste your time with such an institution.
I know schools were useless in the 90's this carried on into the next decade to my eldest had childhood deafness and got no help what so ever.
Unfortunately we have to waste our time with the NHS as private is not an option
What exactly are you trying to get out of the NHS?