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ERIC Number: EJ1199628
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0885-6257
Professionals' Views on the New Policy for Special Educational Needs in England: Ideology versus Implementation
Palikara, Olympia; Castro, Susana; Gaona, Carolina; Eirinaki, Vasiliki
European Journal of Special Needs Education, v34 n1 p83-97 2019
In 2014 a new policy for special educational needs and disability (SEND) provision was introduced in England. As it has been the case in countries where SEND reforms were introduced, these changes raised challenges and opportunities for the professionals supporting children with SEND. However, to date, little systematic and large-scale evidence has been made available on how professionals perceive these changes. In this study, the views of 349 professionals were ascertained using a semi-structured online survey. The results revealed that although many professionals agreed in principle with some of the key changes introduced, several constraints were reported including tight timelines, budget cuts, and difficulties in the collaboration between education, health and care, suggesting a rather fragmented implementation of the new policy. No significant differences were found between groups of professionals for most items, however educational psychologists and special needs co-ordinators disagree on the extension of the provision age range, on how well the children's needs are described in the education, health and care plans, and on the professional requirements of this process. The findings are discussed in light of their implications for meeting children's needs and in comparison with other policy changes worldwide.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)