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this .... exactly this ....

Discussion in 'Personal' started by senlady, Mar 18, 2016.

  1. senlady

    senlady Senior commenter


    This is my role, going straight down the pan. I have thought of setting up 'independently' yet as stated in this article schools will have no budget to buy my potential specialist services. How depressing that those children with huge needs and vulnerabilities that I currently support under the auspices of 'the heavy hand of the LEA' will just be left to flounder and then moved on.

    A very depressing Friday.
  2. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    Special Needs? The Tories HATE Special Needs, the disabled are the target for cost cutting while the wealthy have been given tax reductions.
  3. senlady

    senlady Senior commenter

    I am well aware of this, doesn't make it any the less depressing or terrifying!
  4. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    But why would anyone invest in SEND?

    My kids did Entry 3 qualifications at the age of 18 (well, my 'brightest' ones). That won't get you any fancy points on a league table. That doesn't get your picture in the local paper. What's the good of that? 9 kids in my class and that's the best I could come up with. Three Entry 3s and some Entry 2s. Well paid I was too. UPS3. I should have been churning out Oxbridge entrants for that money. Scandalous waste!

    I cannot, try as I may, envisage what the future holds for these children and young people. We'll go back 300 years and keep them at home. Under wraps. Under lock and key. Things are worse than I have ever known them in schools. Far worse.
  5. senlady

    senlady Senior commenter

    I can't bare it ... not even a society of have's and have not's but a society of the 'are human's' and the 'are not's' It's awful!
  6. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    It's all about the money.

    For Tories money = results. The system has had money but the kids didn't all turn out like Bullingdon boys. They should have done because that's what schooling is all about. You go through the process and emerge as a genuine Tristram Jeremy Forbes-Wutherington. That is nature's way. There's an inevitability about it.

    Except that they're wrong. They are insulated from what to most British citizens is normal life.
  7. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    Carwarden House, where that Head is, was my local special school. I visited on many occasions and sent children there from a local mainstream school.

    He's right. It was becoming more and more difficult to access specialist services when I left and the hoops to be jumped through to get anyone to visit could barely be believed. My d-I-l teaches in a PMLD school. Goodness knows what will happen to these children who will never ever achieve age related expectations. For them, a massive achievement might be to follow one instruction.

    I spent about 20 years of my career working in SEND, as a SENCo and as an advisory teacher. I despair.
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  8. senlady

    senlady Senior commenter

    I attempted to cheer my mood with mini eggs, they were delicious but didn't help!
  9. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    The most important thing is what about the vulnerable children obviously. But what about the vast experience that LA advisors have. I worked ******** hard to get my post grad specialist quals. So everyone who did the same AND all the breadth of experience they have- will all that simply disappear?
  10. senlady

    senlady Senior commenter

    Yup, that is me ... Right now .... And yup it looks like that is the exact way the wind is blowing. We have been given all the typical warning signs that we shall soon be no more!
  11. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Nobody is going to pay for that sort of expertise. Nobody. I wish I could think of something constructive to say but I don't see a future for anyone with a background in SEND.

    You could try rebranding yourself as Gifted and Talented, I suppose?
  12. senlady

    senlady Senior commenter

    I could honestly cry. I have ONLY worked in SEN, never in a mainstream school, over 10yrs experience, two yrs into a Masters, and a shed load of other qualifications.

    'gifted and talented' is one of the most depressing thoughts ever!
  13. aspensquiver_2

    aspensquiver_2 Senior commenter

    Whaaaat? Why do you not approve of gifted and talented children? Are we not meant to celebrate cleverness, now?
  14. aspensquiver_2

    aspensquiver_2 Senior commenter

    Is"bare" a typo??
  15. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    I was being half-facetious.

    I wish I could think of something optimistic or consoling to offer.

    Kids in mainstream are already being driven to mental illness at the thought of not getting those 5 A* - Cs.

    How has it come to this? How? I didn't vote for this shower btw. Just saying.
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  16. senlady

    senlady Senior commenter

    I know you were, I'm in a pretty low place this evening so crying us an easy option, not due to you, worry not!

    I did not vote for this disaster either although in my constituency my vote counted for jack all as sadly those who are IN won well over 50% of the vote here .... Depressing!
  17. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    It means nothing. Is it still going?
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  18. senlady

    senlady Senior commenter

    It's nothing to do with 'approving' of them, I have zilch expertise in that area and zilch interest.
  19. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    G and T? Oh, I have no idea. It was just an example of what the Tories think ought to be the inevitable product of a few years of schooling.
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  20. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    I would say that we're meant to celebrate the achievements of all children. The issue is that many children who, for whatever reason, are disadvantaged academically or socially, will be even more disadvantaged. Children who are academically and socially able have advantages and will have more disproportionately.
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