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Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

by User Not Found | Oct 18, 2012

Green Paper response

Between 10 September to 15 October 2010 Children’s Minister Sarah Teather called on parents, charities, teachers and Local Authorites for their views to go towards the Government’s SEN Green Paper.

The aims of the paper, to be published in the autumn, is to radically improve the Special Education Needs system.

“Ministers are considering a range of options, including how to:

  • give parents a choice of educational settings that can meet their child’s needs
  • transform funding for children with SEN and disabilities and their families, making the system more transparent and cost-effective while maintaining a high quality of service
  • prevent the unnecessary closure of special schools and involve parents in any decisions about the future of special schools
  • support young people with SEN and disabilities post-16 to help them succeed after education
  • improve diagnosis and assessment to identify children with additional needs earlier.”

(excerpt taken from ‘SEN and Disability Green Paper: Government Calls for Views’)

iansyst have responded to the the Green Paper Consultation by drawing attention to the value of Assisitve Technology and Learning Technologies because they:

  • Help to compensate for and overcome difficulties in accessing the curriculum;
  • Encourage independence in children with disabilities; and so
  • Enable support staff to focus help where it is appropriate, rather than on routine needs;
  • Help to screen for disabilities and assess them at low cost in money and people;

and in addition that:

  • the compensation “crutch” of technology also helps to improve the underlying skills (remediation), rather than cause dependency;
  • there is still a need for much more information about AT in teacher training and in CPD;
  • technology needs to follow the student through into the workplace, but there are still problems in disclosing, particularly for those with unseen disabilities such as dyslexia and mental health problems.

You can read the full response: SEN Consultation Response 2010 (PDF)