The Government has released draft clauses relating to the SEN reforms it hopes to introduce from 2014. The House of Commons Education Select Committee is scrutinising the clauses and has invited written evidence. Read more here about the NUT’s policy response to the introduction of Education, Health and Care Plans (instead of statements) and the removal of School Action Plus.
This policy statement outlines the NUT's response to the Government's proposals for alternative provision academies. The NUT believes the Government has repeatedly presented a disparaging view of PRUs to justify the forced academisation of the PRU sector. The programme of alternative provision academies should be discontinued immediately.
The Labour Party is carrying out a review about how to improve educational outcomes for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, to inform its policies in the run-up to the next election. It is important that the expert views of teachers are heard in this review.
This page summarises some of the key areas of concern for the Union with
regard to the SEN Green Paper Consultation and encourages members to
submit their own responses to the Department for education.
Section 173 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 came into effect on 8 January 2007. The Act was introduced in response to proposals by the Union that only qualified teachers should be given responsibilities for co-ordination of SEN provision.
Divisions are asked to raise three issues with local authorities at appropriate meetings about special educational needs provision or remodelling.
· Is the Authority aware of schools where staff who are not qualified teachers have been appointed SENCO and if so, what are they going to do?
The NUT believes that special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCOs) can be effective only if they have effective management and school systems which value and empower them in this difficult and complex role.
A study of inclusion policy and practice in English primary, secondary and special schools, by John MacBeath, Maurice Galton, Susan Steward, Andrea MacBeath and Charlotte Page. Commissioned and funded by the National Union of Teachers. Read the press release here.