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Appropriate support for special educational needs?

7 April 2015

A recent report has considered the impact of recent government reforms on the provision being made for children with special educational needs. The report suggests that the closure of more expensive specialist provision and the presumption in favour of mainstream education is resulting in children with SEN being cast adrift in secondary schools. The report also states that such children are sent home during Ofsted inspections and that some schools cherry pick SEN students from wealthier backgrounds and dissuade others from joining their school given the 'reputational risk' that SEN pupils may present.

The report presents a negative view of current provision and does not appear to take account of the changes taking place to SEN provision as a result of the Children & Families Act 2014 which placed SEN and disability at the centre of educational provision. Whilst such reforms require cultural change to effectively embed in the sector, they do provide a firm basis on which positive outcomes can be achieved for all children.

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