Sarah Teather, Liberal Democrat Minister for Children and Families, is asking Lib Dem councillors about how the current system of providing support and education for children with special educational needs could be improved so I am posting a request for information on your experiences and opinions. The views will feed into a Government Green Paper to be published later this autumn. She has said
“Children with special educational needs and disabilities should have the same opportunities as other children. But the current system is so adversarial that too often this doesn’t happen. I want parents, teachers, charities, teaching unions and Local Authorities to come forward with the changes they think are needed to make the system better for children with SEN and their families.
I want to hear from anyone who has experienced services for children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities – those who use them, and those who provide, or commission them. People’s perspectives are varied and understandably deeply felt. I want everyone to have their say, and the opportunity to influence our future direction.
Please tell us about your experiences and the problems and priorities from your perspective. Share your ideas for practical solutions. Where things are working well, let us know why they work, or how they save money or time. Thank you for helping us make the system work better for children and their families.”
Here is the link to the survey. Please pass this on to anyone you know who has a child with special needs, or any teachers or school governors. If you need a paper copy, please let me know.