Welcome to this week’s edition of ‘The Week Ahead’ (4th June 2018)
Here you will find the latest updates on literacy and SEND policy from Parliament and beyond.
Things to know:
DYT at FestAble
Last weekend DYT were delighted to attend FestABLE at National Star College in Cheltenham. Sarah Driver delivered part of the keynote whilst CEO Chris Rossiter & Director of Education Jules Daulby chaired talks on effective interventions and the SEND workforce respectively.
FestABLE is the first time a festival dedicated to specialist learning has been staged in the UK, with hundreds of parents, young people and professionals participating in discussions and workshops. Unique in its role in bringing together families and professionals, FestABLE spurred dynamic discussions across the sector on how to best support learners with SEND, we were thrilled to add our voice to the conversation. Catch up with Saturday’s events with our twitter thread.
Damian Hinds to appear at NGA conference this Saturday
The Education Secretary will attend the Annual Conference of the National Governance Association where he is likely to talk about his plans to overhaul the school accountability system and solutions to reduce teacher workload. Labour’s Angela Rayner will also attend.
DYT will be launching the SEND Governance Review Guide this month, which draws upon the six features of effective governance to set out a framework for how to ensure that learners with SEND access high-quality provision. Register for a ticket to the launch in London.
Questions over the effectiveness of Free Schools
The Sutton Trust and NFER reported on Free Schools concluding they are in danger of losing their way as innovative providers as they are increasingly being set up by academics rather than as “parent-led” bodies.
Ofsted Chief: Children unable to talk properly when starting school
Amanda Spielman told nursery leaders last Friday,“We know that at the most basic level, poor literacy holds a person back at every stage.” She will push for pre-school staff to spend more time supporting children to develop their language skills.
Schools Week reports that the Department for Education is now “open to considering” a British sign language GCSE after previously warning that it would require a “huge number of steps”. Susan Daniels, Chief Executive of the National Deaf Children’s Society sets out here why this GCSE is essential.
The Minister for the School System, Lord Agnew has come under pressure over a potential conflict of interest issue. Agnew is a trustee of the Inspiration Trust (which he founded in 2012), whilst his government role oversees multi-academy trusts. The DfE refused to publish the conflict of interest agreement in response to a Freedom of Information request from TES.
Justine Greening reflects on her time as Education Secretary, stating she has “no regrets” about her tenure.
House of Lords, after 2:30 pm:The Liberal Democrat, Lord Storey asks a question on the impact of education, health and care plans on children with special educational needs.
Support I CAN and Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists’ petition to implement the recommendations on the Bercow: 10 years on report.
The petition has over 7,000 signatures and needs 10,000 to receive a government response. DYT were delighted to be at the launch of the report in March and support the call that the Department for Education should strengthen the place of communication and language in its strategy to improve social mobility.
The report shows a poor understanding of and insufficient resourcing for speech, language and communication needs. This means too many children and young people receive inadequate, ineffective and inequitable support, potentially impacting on their educational outcomes, their employability and their mental health.
We urge our network to sign and share the petition to put it on the government’s radar.
The deadline for the Education Committee’s inquiry on SEND is fast approaching. Email your thoughts to me (details below) to say what you would like to see in DYT’s response to the Committee’s call for evidence.