All Change: Back to school news with the new draft SEN bill

Back to school for most children this week, except for my boys, whose school finally returns next Tuesday. I’d better check over their uniforms this weekend and get the shoe polish out!

Big news in the SEN world this week with the draft SEN bill being published, swiftly followed by the exit from the DfE of Sarah Teather. The bill will be scrutinised by the Education Select Committee and the DfE says, will be updated as results from the pathfinders come through, whenever that may be. Over the coming weeks, views will be sought on the draft bill.

Pathfinder trials are getting underway and it’s clear there is a lot of work to be done, not only in the trials but in the eventual writing of a new Code of Practice and for all local authorities in updating their SEN publications. If you’re a pathfinder family, I’d be interested in hearing from you about your experiences, wherever you are.

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