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SEN independents line up to become free schools

Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by gailrobinson, Apr 18, 2011.

  1. Heads and teachers are preparing to run special free schools after ministers opened up the controversial policy to independent special educational needs (SEN) schools, according to a report in this week's TES.
    Groups hoping to open SEN free schools will be able to apply to the Department for Education for permission and funding next month. The first successful applicant could be Paces, an independent school in Sheffield for children with cerebral palsy set up by parents almost a decade ago.
    Do you see this as a step in the right direction?
    Read the full story - SEN independents line up to become free schools
  2. From the article the most worrying thing seems to be that unqualified people could be teaching students with SEN, to be honest i can think of a few mainstream schools where TAs rather than qualified teachers are doing the majority of the teaching for students with SEN. I also wonder whether you could classfiy a parent of a child with SEN as unqualified, but this is just general musings.
  3. A bigger worry is that qualifications don't necessarily mean expertise. My son's LSA was far more knowledgeable and experienced about SEN than many of his teachers.
  4. languageisheartosay

    languageisheartosay Occasional commenter

    idea of unqualified teachers doing this highly specialised job is
    disastrous. There are also the health and safety implications - free
    schools can be opened in many empty buildings including pet shops and
    funeral parlours. How is that suitable for children with SEN?"
    One is tempted to ask where the writer has been! I don't suppose the funeral parlour would have dual use. <u>Some</u> current facilities and <u>some</u> teachers I have encountered in the past aren't 100% impressive either. Inclusion is not realistic for many. It is a lot of work plus facilities/resources cost a lot of money. Like some others say, there are some TAs who are fantastic and some parents working with their own children are focused like no other - whether they could apply the experience to other children too would have to be assessed. But let's not fall for the first sentence of the quote above! A qualified teacher may have had precious little training/experience with SEN - where would they get it for all the different sorts of specials needs situations?


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