A look at the events and articles to be aware of in the education and SEND world.
Our new research report: Through the Looking Glass that warns that the lack of focus on the specialist needs of children with SEND, including those with dyslexia, will mean that Britain will never be able to fully address its “literacy problem.” 1 in 5 children leave primary school without the expected levels of literacy.
The report calls for governments, think tanks and charities to urgently make these “invisible” children part of their agenda, in the same way as disadvantaged children on Pupil Premium are.
Please do share it with your colleagues and on Twitter using the hashtag #DYTLookingGlass
House of Commons (3:45pm) Third Reading Debate: Bus Services Bill –
The Liberal Democrat Education Spokesman, John Pugh has tabled an amendment calling for concessionary bus travel for 16 to 18-year-olds in apprenticeships and full-time education.
House of Lords (2.30pm) report stage: Technical and Further Education Bill –
There are a lot of amendments to be debated including, the quality outcomes in apprenticeships, financial support for students undertaking apprenticeships, and the establishment of an apprenticeship helpline.
Westminster Hall 11.00 am – 11.30 am:
Debate on children’s health and access to milk in educational settings led by Mary Glindon, Lab, North Tyneside.
Education and Health Select Committee: Evidence Session on children’s mental health (9.30am).
Witnesses include Natasha Devon, former government mental health champion and founder of Self-Esteem Team, and Ministers Edward Timpson and Nicola Blackwood. The committees will also hear from Lord Layard, an advisor to the Department for Education on proposed weekly mindfulness classes in schools.
Westminster Hall (9.30 am)
Debate on schools funding in London (Helen Hayes, Lab, Dulwich and West Norwood)
House of Lords – Parliamentary Question:
Supporting independent living for disabled people of working age (Baroness Thomas of Winchester, Lib Dem).
Grand Committee (1.00 pm)
Questions for short debate: Improving the educational attainment of boys of all ages at state schools (Lord Lingfield, Con).
Find out ways to raise money and awareness so that as many people as possible learn about autism with the National Autistic Society’s resources & ideas here.
Schools Week reports that “one in three schools is not offering pupils with special educational needs (SEND) work experience, sidelining “precisely” the young people who need the most employment help.” (Read the full piece: Nearly half of schools fail to offer work experience to SEND pupils).
Here is TES‘ take on the merger of the UK’s two biggest education unions to create a “super-union” called the National Education Union, which will have around 450,000-members. (Read the full piece: ATL and NUT to merge and form a new education super-union).