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How will academy status affect SEN in secondary school?

Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by I_hate_dida, Sep 22, 2011.

  1. I am part of our SMT and have been asked to over see SEN.

    DOes anyone know whether we are still entitled to the LA, SEN support as an academy?

    If so have there been any changes?

    Thanks in advance.

  2. Boogum

    Boogum New commenter

    I think that as academies have opted out of local authority control they are no longer entitled to any local authority support for anything, including SEN. You may be able to buy it in from your LA if they offer this as a service, or buy it in from a freelance private consultant. If enough schools change to academies the local eduaction authority will cease to be viable and will cease to exist anyway. There are already a few former LEA areas where this has happened.
    Former local authority funding has been taken away and given to the academy to spend as they choose. The local authority no longer has any responsibility for providing anything to academies.
  3. If only the cuts affecting SEN provision were all a figment of the fevered imaginations of the aforementioned Nutters. The fact is that some councils have been cutting hard and deep for some time, hence SEN staff numbers declining by about 11% across the board.
    Within academies, who have severed their links with the la,la,las, it is true that exclusion has become a clear expressuion of the principle that addressing the greatest need of the greatest number is the bottom line. It also bears mentioning that those schools are infested with a rising tide of lesser qualified and unqualified staff, whose abilities are, sadly not equal to their enthusiasm. I say this as a former Learning Support Teacher who now sees such roles gifted to Learning Support Tutors.
    When parents ask me what is the difference, I always tell them that the difference, for starters, is a degree, a postgraduate teaching qualification and at least three years worth of experience. Even within areas which still run the one-to-one tuition programme, I have received no offers of work. This is surprising as I gather that many schools in those areas have now either gifted the hours to teachers contracted to those schools to do other work to beef up their timetables and some of those schools have gone so far as to get HLTAs to do the job.
    One wonders why I bothered to get a specialist postgraduate qualification in literacy difficulties, despite being seriously ill? As ever, it is a moot point whether the parents in the areas in question are aware of these facts on the ground? As I see it, they won't hear it from the mercenary unions, the semi-detached trade paper or any of the education mouthpieces on any of the benches in the House of Commons. Perhaps therefore it is about time that issues such as this are brought before a tribunal, with a view to ensuring that the lambs in question are not slaughtered in the name of political expediency!!!

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