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Report June July 2018

Including SEND crisis, LGBT Conference and Mary Bousted on preparing students for the future.

SEND crisis: A teacher's perspective

There are days I go home and cry after school. I am failing my children. Is it because I don’t know how to support them? Is it because I haven’t got the right equipment? Is it because I don’t care?
Motion #35
Tue, 2018

THAT Conference agrees that every child is entitled to an education and that no child should be forgotten.

Motion #34
Tue, 2018
  • Executive Committee

Delete from ‘produce’ in the last paragraph to the end of the motion and replace with:

(i) commission guidance and advice for parents and education professionals, which includes: • the legal timelines for each part of the EHC plan and annual review processes

Motion #34
Carried as amended
Tue, 2018
  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

THAT Conference notes with concern recent research showing that, despite the statutory 20- week time limit from a request for assessment being made to the issuing of the final EHC plan, only 59.2% of EHC plans were issued within the 20-week time limit in 2015.

Motion #34

We need to stem the crisis in SEND

If you work with children you may be familiar with a 'what if?' conversation. These conversations can often assist professionals to establish if a child or children are at risk of harm, and if they need to raise a safeguarding 'cause for concern'.

A school of 'second chances' shouldn't be a last resort

Inside the independent residential special school that treats its high-needs pupils as people first, not labels.

Wales to pass new law for children and young people with additional learning needs

"NEU Cymru broadly welcomes the new legislation which will affect thousands of pupils, students and parents across Wales as well as the work of education professionals in all school and further education settings."

ATL comment on provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disability

Alison Ryan, senior policy adviser at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), comments on the provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disability.

Funding and training are key to the ALN Bill working (Wales)

In December the Welsh Government revealed their planned new law which will change the way children with additional learning needs (ALN) are given support within the education system.