Removing Barriers to Achievement The Government’s Strategy for SEN
Contents Foreword Introduction Chapter 1: Early intervention Improving support for children with special needs from birth 11 Improving childcare for children with SEN and disabilities 13 Improving SEN advice and support to early years settings 14 Raising the skills and awareness of staff in early years settings 16 Funding to support early intervention and inclusive practice 18 Tackling bureaucracy 21 Chapter 2: Removing barriers to learning Widening opportunities in mainstream education 28 Transforming special schools 34 Developing local communities of schools for local children 39 Improving specialist advice and support for schools 47
Chapter 3: Raising expectations and achievement Personalising learning for children with SEN 52 Making better use of information on how well children 60 with SEN are progressing in school Developing a flexible curriculum and recognised qualifications for all 65 Involving children and young people with SEN in decision making 67 Improving opportunities for progression beyond school 68 for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities Chapter 4: Delivering improvements in partnership Monitoring progress and supporting improvement in local authorities 74 Monitoring progress and supporting improvement in schools 76 Building parents’ confidence in mainstream education 79 Improving the availability of health and social services and organising 82 services around the needs of children and their families Conclusion Annex – outline timetable for implementation
Education is the key to a better future for all our children, and I am committed to ensuring that every child has the opportunity to achieve their full potential. But for children with special educational needs and disabilities, too many barriers can stand in the way of the right education and support. And too often, the help they receive depends on where they live rather than on their own needs. Removing Barriers to Achievement sets out the Government’s vision for giving children with special educational needs and disabilities the opportunity to succeed. Building on the proposals for the reform of children’s services in Every Child Matters , it sets a new agenda for improvement and action at national and local level. Foreword
All children, wherever they are educated, need to be able to learn, play and develop alongside each other within their local community of schools. Parents must be able to have confidence that their children’s needs will be met quickly and effectively throughout their education and as they move into adult life. And those working in schools, early years settings and other frontline services need the skills, confidence and support to do a vital job well.
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