This month, The SEND Practitioner is 13 months old.
In a year of seismic education reforms, we’ve published ten issues, have thousands of subscribers, and have interviewed a host of experts in their fields.
- A leading lawyer to a top person-centred planning expert.
- The stars of Channel Four’s Educating the East End to the chief executive of nasen.
- An outstanding SEN author to a highly regarded SENCO.
- The director of the Autism Education Trust to one of the DfE’s leading civil servants.
- The former chief executive of nasen to one of our country’s most influential SEND experts and author of the highly regarded Lamb Report.
It’s been an utterly illuminating ride, one that has been made even greater by our genuinely engaged readership, who have asked us questions every step of the way.
To celebrate over a year of The SEND Practitioner, we were delighted to speak to Brian Lamb OBE for the second time yesterday. Brian took centre stage for our inaugural first issue and we thought that it would make perfect sense to talk to him a full nine months after the SEN reforms took place.
The 11th issue Q&A with Brian will publish before the month is out and will be followed closely by June’s 12th issue – featuring an interview with a world-class Cambridge University academic, psychologist and working memory expert.
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In the meantime, I’ll leave you with a selection of quotes from some of our more recent contributors.
Gareth D Morewood on adapting and preparing for SEN reform
‘As with any change, a lot of potential issues may arise. However, with change comes great opportunity. There is an awful lot of information and support out there, so embrace it and you will find that being a SENCO doesn’t need to be a lonely job.’
Natalie Packer offers a few final words on preparing for SEN reform
‘Don’t panic! Remember, 1 September is the start of the process. To that end, schools, local authorities and the DfE are all anticipating at least a three-year transition period. It’s an organic process, so we aren’t expected to do everything at once. Develop an action plan to help you prioritise.’
Jane Friswell speaks about the post-SEN reform landscape
‘Keep calm and don’t panic. If you’re confident that you’re providing good quality provision for all children in your setting, then the new SEN requirements should not be a great challenge for you.’
Exploring Channel Four’s Educating the East End and the SEN landscape
‘[Our] inclusive approach, combined with effective classroom support (particularly in maths and English), means that we are able to meet the needs of our students.’
Mark Blois looks at the SEN legal landscape
‘If SEND practitioners get hung up on the pitfalls and negatives, rather than seizing the opportunity to try and push through cultural change, then we probably won’t see the level of change that most would acknowledge that we should.’
Colin Newton explores person-centred planning
‘Let’s use the person-centred planning way of working as tools to enable us to reach a truly inclusive society built around the needs of its most challenging and vulnerable young people.’