ITV produced an insightful video looking at how SEN children had been forgotten during the pandemic. When the pandemic forced many schools to close, some parents reported that essential services were stopped without notice and in some cases that having an EHCP did not seem to matter anymore. If there is one thing that the pandemic has highlighted, it is the fact that many of the provisions at special schools far exceed just an education.To watch the video in full click HERE.
Yet again, the postcode lottery has been brought to light in identifying an inconsistent approach to special needs support. A recent study of primary school children in England recognised that children with special needs are less likely to receive the support they need if they attend school in a disadvantaged area or attend an academy school. The report calls for improvements to the way that SEND is assessed within schools as well as enhancing the national standards framework, a stronger funding system, specialist training for teachers and school leaders as well targeting less visible children. Although the results from the study might not come as a surprise to many, it most certainly reinforces thoughts and concerns that are raised time and time again. Click HERE to read.
The Disabled Children’s Partnership continue their campaigning about disabled children #leftinlockdown. An open letter from their chair explains the impact that they feel their recent survey has had, and what work is still left to do. The DCP’s excellent campaigning aims to raise awareness of the barriers faced by disabled children and they are currently focussed on improving social care provision. Take a look online at their petition, a Give It Back campaign and lots of helpful resources
Finally, following on from last months blog and the topic of vaccinations for teachers, the BBC have since reported that according to The Department for Education - 700 staff in special schools have been given priority for the covid-19 vaccination. This will come as a welcome relief for many and for those who have been pushing for teachers to be vaccinated sooner. Read MORE.
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