So, finally, the Government has released its ‘Next Steps’ document announcing its future plans for SEN. Quite why it took so long I don’t know, as it mostly just confirms the Government’s intention to go ahead and implement the proposals in the Green Paper. One thing that appears to have gone, though, is the intention to replace the current statutory assessment process with something more independent. So, presumably, we’ll still be stuck with what happens now – professionals recommending only what they’re prepared to deliver, rather than any real attempt to provide what the child needs. This hardly seems an improvement.
Perhaps the most interesting proposal is to offer personal budgets to fund SEN support. How do you feel about this? Would you like to be given a sum of money to buy in speech and language therapy for your child, for example?