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NASUWT: Teachers are not to blame for varying special needs provision

Commenting on the Ofsted publication Special Educational Needs and Disability Review, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers' union, said:

"The Ofsted report raises some important issues about the identification of SEN within the education system and these merit careful consideration.

"It is unacceptable to scapegoat teachers for the variability in identifying pupils with SEN and ensuring their complex needs are met. "High quality health and social care services are needed to remove barriers to learning and support pupils with complex and severe special needs.

"However the looming cuts to children's services, proposed by the Coalition Government, will drastically affect the ability of children with SEN to receive the support they are entitled to. "It has long been recognised that pupils with SEN after the age of 16 often do not get the support they need once they have left compulsory education.

"The Coalition Government's free-for-all approach to 14-19 education will fracture the system and threatens to reverse the positive steps that had been taken to support this group of particularly vulnerable young people."

ENDS

Stuart Gannon
NASUWT Press Office

Tel: 020 7420 9681

Mobile (and out of hours contact): 07966 198894
Address: 5 King Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8SD

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