Thursday, October 28, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
- Real terms increases of 0.1 per cent in each year of the Spending Review (up to 2015) for the 5-16 school budget
- Overall resource savings in Department for Education’s non-schools budget of 12 per cent in real terms
- A new fairness premium to support the poorest children. This will be worth £7.2 billion in total between now and 2015, including through a £2.5 billion pupil premium, additional early years provision and a National Scholarship fund in higher education
- In early years, Sure Start funding is protected in cash terms, including new investment in Sure Start health visitors. Reforms to Sure Start children’s centres will encourage more community providers to enter the market, including through payment by results.
- The Government will make further savings through rationalising and ending centrally directed programmes for children, young people and families
- A single contact point for funding for further education colleges and other training organisations
- The Government will also improve the quality of information and advice for students, including through the development of an all-age careers service.
- The Government will look to significantly extend the use of personal budgets across a range of service areas including special education needs and support for children with disabilities.
You can find more information about the Spending Review here: http://www.autism.org.uk/news-and-events/news-from-the-nas/government-announces-its-comprehensive-spending-review.aspx
Thursday, October 21, 2010
|Minister Sarah Teather (right) and Charlotte Leslie MP (left) |
listen to Ralph talk about his experiences of the SEN system
Thursday, October 14, 2010
This Monday Sarah Teather, the Minister in charge of special educational needs (SEN), will be speaking at a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism (APPGA)*.
Friday, October 8, 2010
At the 'Cocktails and Conversation' event at the Labour party conference we focused again on child mental health services and the issues raised in the You Need to Know campaign during a lively and well-attended event. Jacob Denness, a member of the NAS Young Campaigners group, spoke about his experiences of the child mental health system and school to kick the discussions off.
Diana Johnson MP, the shadow minister for health, summed up at the end and talked about the importance of the Coalition's proposals on reforming the health system, and how they will affect services, encouraging people to make sure the Government heard from people.
At the Conservative conference, we focused on the special educational needs system, in advance of the publication of the Government's new SEN Green Paper. NAS Chair Colin Barrow hosted the event, and Ralph Hemus, another Young Campaigner, talked about his views and experiences of education. He told the delegates:
"My brother is famous for having been excluded from playgroup, nursery school, primary school, secondary school and college! When he couldn’t cope his behaviour was really bad and for that he was misunderstood and labelled 'difficult'. When I couldn’t cope, I became withdrawn and for that I was 'overlooked'.
Mainstream support in schools has to be really good. Teachers must be trained and awareness raised or many of us will leave school more isolated, with mental health issues and without friends and not be able to cope and get jobs.
I think that some schools and Local Authorities stereotype pupils with autism and little flexibility is given to individual learning methods and coping strategies.
It is really important that kids with special educational needs are helped with a good education and teachers trained in the best methods of teaching us, but the emotional needs of autistic young people I think is even more important and schools must be taught about this."
Graham Stuart MP, the new chair of the parliamentary education select committee said the key point he had understood from the discussions was the importance of effective training. Charlotte Leslie MP, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism (APPGA), talked about how important it is to get the system right for young people moving into adulthood.
All the events had excellent attendance and lively discussions, and provided an opportunity for senior party members, MPs and councillors, to hear first hand about the issues that children with autism and their families face.
We also took the opportunity to meet with lots of new and existing MPs to make sure they understand about autism and can help us with the key issues we're trying to get change on.