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ERIC Number: EJ966704
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-0268-2141
Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-Ordination in a Changing Policy Landscape: Making Sense of Policy from a SENCo's Perspective
Robertson, Christopher
Support for Learning, v27 n2 p77-83 May 2012
In this article, recent legislative changes that have raised the profile of SENCos in English schools are outlined. Key aspects of the current Government's proposals to reform SEND policy, provision and practice and the possible implications of these for SENCos and the schools they work in are discussed. The view that radical reforms outlined in "Support and Aspiration", the SEND Green Paper published in 2011, will benefit the majority of children and young people experiencing difficulties in learning who are taught in mainstream schools is questioned. The article also reflects on whether or not SENCos will need to use their purportedly enhanced status to mitigate the effects of policies that could lead to the needs of some pupils being unmet, and others being marginalised through an expansion of separate forms of provision. Perennial concerns of many SENCos are also identified, and it is argued that these too need addressing if they are to fulfil the pivotal strategic role envisaged for them and avoid having to work as SEND "firefighters". It is suggested that these concerns could be addressed through a review of the SENCo regulations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom