Transforming the SEN system: Policy & Campaigns education work in 2009   Beth Reid Policy Manager Annual General Meetin...
Teacher training <ul><li>School SENCO regulations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>From September 2009: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A...
 
 
Bullying <ul><li>Guidance produced for schools last year on bullying of children with SEN and disabilities </li></ul><ul><...
Behaviour issues <ul><li>NAS made sure that the Education and Skills Bill didn’t create a loophole which could make it e...
 Home education <ul><li>Government commissioned independent review of home education in January, focusing on child protec...
 SEN & Disability (Support) Bill <ul><li>Private members bill taken forward by John Bercow MP </li></ul><ul><li>Aimed to ...
SEN&D Bill continued: Govt commitments <ul><li>Government commitments in response to the Bill include: </li></ul><ul><li>...
Lamb Inquiry <ul><li>Inquiry into assessment process for SEN and parental confidence started March 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>...
Lamb Inquiry (continued) <ul><li>Several interim Government announcements: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>£31 million over 2 years ...
Work with political parties <ul><li>General election spring 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Making sure all parties think about SEN...
Autism Education Trust <ul><li>Continue to host and be a lead partner in Autism Education Trust </li></ul><ul><li>Brings t...
 Transition to adulthood <ul><li>Autism Act 2009 requires guidance on transition </li></ul><ul><li>£19 million Transition...
What else? <ul><li>Changes to SEN& Disability Tribunal </li></ul><ul><li>Raised NAS and parental concerns in Parliament <...
Autism Bill: children <ul><li>Government agreed to make local areas plan to meet the needs of children with autism </li><...
Beyond England : Wales <ul><li>Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) developing Autism Spectrum Disorder Quality Standards fo...
<ul><li>Scotland </li></ul><ul><li>Additional Support for Learning Amendment Act 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Draft Code of Prac...
Legal work <ul><li>“ Joined” case going to High Court about a boy excluded from school for scratching teacher </li></ul>...
Disability Living Allowance <ul><li>Last year Government announced plans to redesign child DLA claim form </li></ul><ul><l...
Key achievements in 2009 <ul><li>As of September, school SENCOs now have to be qualified teachers </li></ul><ul><li>New SE...
<ul><li>Questions? </li></ul><ul><li>For more information </li></ul><ul><li>contact campaign@nas.org.uk </li></ul>
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National Autistic Society AGM SEN Presentation Nov 09

Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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Transcripts - National Autistic Society AGM SEN Presentation Nov 09

  • 1. Transforming the SEN system: Policy & Campaigns education work in 2009   Beth Reid Policy Manager Annual General Meeting 14 November 2009
  • 2. Teacher training <ul><li>School SENCO regulations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>From September 2009: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All SENCOs to be qualified teachers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All new SENCOs to have training in SEN, including autism </li></ul></ul><ul><li>New SEN modules for initial teacher training include autism </li></ul><ul><li>New Government autism resources for school staff </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Inclusion Development Programme published (England) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>http://nationalstrategies.standards.dcsf.gov.uk/node/165037 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Autism Toolbox (Scotland) launched at Daldorch School </li></ul></ul>
  • 5. Bullying <ul><li>Guidance produced for schools last year on bullying of children with SEN and disabilities </li></ul><ul><li>Specific focus on autism, including case studies </li></ul><ul><li>Person with autism features in DVD to support school bullying guidance </li></ul><ul><li>Government consulted with NAS on requirement for all schools to record incidents of bullying </li></ul><ul><li>Government considering improving parental complaint system </li></ul>
  • 6. Behaviour issues <ul><li>NAS made sure that the Education and Skills Bill didn’t create a loophole which could make it easier to remove pupils who have challenging behaviour from their school – new protections in place for children with SEN </li></ul><ul><li>Discussed behaviour issues with Sir Alan Steer as part of his review </li></ul><ul><li>Steer Report on behaviour in school calls for improved identification and early intervention for children with SEN and better support for teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Quotes NAS evidence on informal (illegal) exclusions </li></ul>
  • 7. Home education <ul><li>Government commissioned independent review of home education in January, focusing on child protection issues </li></ul><ul><li>Strong concerns from home-educating parents </li></ul><ul><li>NAS met with Graham Badman, Review chair, and was invited onto advisory group - only specific interest group represented </li></ul><ul><li>Review recommends registration and monitoring of home education </li></ul><ul><li>Limited SEN recommendations in final report, review come under considerable criticism </li></ul><ul><li>NAS gave evidence to Parliamentary select committee and is discussing SEN issues with Ofsted </li></ul><ul><li>We want to see more support available for home-educated children with autism </li></ul>
  • 8. SEN & Disability (Support) Bill <ul><li>Private members bill taken forward by John Bercow MP </li></ul><ul><li>Aimed to improve support for children with SEN and disabilities in school </li></ul><ul><li>Led by NAS, supported by Special Educational Consortium and SEN charities </li></ul><ul><li>Four-hour debate in Parliament in May </li></ul><ul><li>Held roundtable seminar with key agencies (Ofsted, teacher training agency, unions) and produced report </li></ul>
  • 9. SEN&D Bill continued: Govt commitments <ul><li>Government commitments in response to the Bill include: </li></ul><ul><li>requirement for local authorities to plan strategically for specialist support for children with SEN and disabilities </li></ul><ul><li>every school inspection report to include SEN and disabilities </li></ul><ul><li>to promote Quality Standards for SEN support and outreach services </li></ul><ul><li>to highlight importance of reducing exclusions of pupils with SEN </li></ul>
  • 10. Lamb Inquiry <ul><li>Inquiry into assessment process for SEN and parental confidence started March 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Led by Brian Lamb of Special Educational Consortium </li></ul><ul><li>NAS organised focus groups with three branches/ parents groups </li></ul>
  • 11. Lamb Inquiry (continued) <ul><li>Several interim Government announcements: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>£31 million over 2 years for pilot projects to identify best practice approaches to improving outcomes for children with SEN </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>£7 million for embedding SEN and disability considerations in mainstream policies and programmes, such as training for school leadership. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support to make statements clearer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support schools in assessing what constitutes good progress for children with SEN </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New right of appeal for parents if statement isn’t amended after a review </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Final report due shortly, looking at support for children with SEN but no statement </li></ul>
  • 12. Work with political parties <ul><li>General election spring 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Making sure all parties think about SEN and autism </li></ul><ul><li>Labour </li></ul><ul><li>Event at Labour party conference: how to improve the SEN system </li></ul><ul><li>Schools Minister Diana Johnson talked with parents, professionals and party members about what needs to change in SEN system </li></ul><ul><li>Conservatives </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting with all key Conservative MPs and advisors </li></ul><ul><li>Assisting with policy development </li></ul><ul><li>Liberal Democrats </li></ul><ul><li>Held event to feed into education policy development and wrote report for them </li></ul><ul><li>Working with all key Liberal Democrat MPs </li></ul>
  • 13. Autism Education Trust <ul><li>Continue to host and be a lead partner in Autism Education Trust </li></ul><ul><li>Brings together 25 organisations and groups working in education for children with autism to promote good practice and joint working </li></ul><ul><li>Published two toolkits for professionals to help them personalise education to each child, and work with families from different backgrounds </li></ul><ul><li>Working to improve local authority commissioning (planning and provision) of services </li></ul><ul><li>Conference and series of roadshows focusing on transitions </li></ul><ul><li>Extra £80,000 Government funding announced in SEN and Disability Support Bill debate </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>www.autismeducationtrust.org.uk </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 14. Transition to adulthood <ul><li>Autism Act 2009 requires guidance on transition </li></ul><ul><li>£19 million Transition Support Programme to improve transition to adulthood for young disabled people </li></ul><ul><li>Specific focus on autism within Programme </li></ul><ul><li>NAS part of reference group for Programme </li></ul><ul><li>£10,000 project on work experience and autism </li></ul><ul><li>£200,000 funding for research looking at what makes a successful transition for young people with autism at University of York </li></ul><ul><li>All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism held inquiry into transition </li></ul>
  • 15. What else? <ul><li>Changes to SEN& Disability Tribunal </li></ul><ul><li>Raised NAS and parental concerns in Parliament </li></ul><ul><li>Worked with Advocacy for Education team to ensure clear and accurate information available </li></ul><ul><li>Ofsted SEN & disability review </li></ul><ul><li>Broad review of how well current legal frameworks meet children’s needs (education, equality, social care, Aiming High for Disabled Children) </li></ul>
  • 16. Autism Bill: children <ul><li>Government agreed to make local areas plan to meet the needs of children with autism </li></ul><ul><li>New legal duty to plan for needs of all children with SEN and disabilities </li></ul><ul><li>NAS now working with Government to make this happen </li></ul>
  • 17. Beyond England : Wales <ul><li>Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) developing Autism Spectrum Disorder Quality Standards for Education </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Statements or something better?’ – £2million WAG project looking at new options for the SEN (now Additional Learning Needs) system. Focusing on: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>role of SENCOs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ensuring quality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>supporting children with less complex needs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>involving professionals beyond education </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pilots have just started. No legal changes expected before 2013 </li></ul><ul><li>NAS talking to WAG about meeting needs of children across autism spectrum, and about legal protections for those in pilot areas </li></ul>
  • 18. <ul><li>Scotland </li></ul><ul><li>Additional Support for Learning Amendment Act 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Draft Code of Practice been published, will be finalised in 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Northern Ireland </li></ul><ul><li>Review of SEN just started, looking at different options </li></ul>Beyond England: the rest of the UK
  • 19. Legal work <ul><li>“ Joined” case going to High Court about a boy excluded from school for scratching teacher </li></ul><ul><li>We wanted to try to prevent weakening of disability discrimination protections for children and adults with behavioural difficulties </li></ul><ul><li>Very complex case. Despite our evidence, lost case on crucial point </li></ul><ul><li>Working with Equality and Human Rights Commission to get new protections </li></ul>
  • 20. Disability Living Allowance <ul><li>Last year Government announced plans to redesign child DLA claim form </li></ul><ul><li>NAS pushed to be included in the initial working group looking at the redesign </li></ul><ul><li>NAS have commented on draft versions of the form and have asked parents of children with autism what they think of the new form </li></ul><ul><li>Form has improved significantly, more autism friendly </li></ul><ul><li>Form due to be completed and in use by 2010, funding permitting </li></ul>
  • 21. Key achievements in 2009 <ul><li>As of September, school SENCOs now have to be qualified teachers </li></ul><ul><li>New SENCOs will get SEN training including autism </li></ul><ul><li>The Autism Inclusion Development Programme provides training to teachers on autism </li></ul><ul><li>A new DVD to prevent bullying of disabled children includes a chapter on autism </li></ul><ul><li>The revised child DLA form is being piloted which is much more autism friendly </li></ul><ul><li>Ofsted inspections will have a new SEN and disability focus </li></ul><ul><li>Forthcoming </li></ul><ul><li>New requirement on local authorities and partners to do strategic planning for children with SEN and disabilities </li></ul><ul><li>Parents will gain a new right to appeal if statement is not amended after annual review </li></ul>
  • 22. <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul><ul><li>For more information </li></ul><ul><li>contact campaign@nas.org.uk </li></ul>

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