Remember when I last posted about the ‘temporary’ suspension to EHCP’s?
Remember how I worried that it wouldn’t temporary?
I hate to say I told you so but the suspension has now been extended further until 30th June… This could be extended even further closer to the time.
In case you are unaware an EHCP is an Education, Health & Care Plan which is a legally binding document that is written by the Local Authority (with parental and other professionals help) regarding a child’s additional educational and care needs. The plan outlines the type of support or intervention that the child will receive to ensure that their needs are being met.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic I did understand why this had been placed on hold due to the changes which schools were facing in regards to social distancing and how many staff and pupils in a room etc however June 1st is the day they have been pushing for kids to go back to school but with the latest announcement it seems they didn’t mean all kids, they didn’t mean the kids that need additional support.
“Make no mistake, I want the UK to be the best place in the world to educate your child and make the most of people’s talents.Gavin Williamson, Education Secretary
This was taken from a speech Mr Williamson gave about his plans for post-Brexit education. He focus on improving technical education and welcoming international students, what Gavin missed out in his little speech was education for the already under funded and overlooked SEN children.
The new announcement is disappointing but not surprising.
Instead of Mr Williams sharing any of this to his twitter account instead he shared this…
‘Hello NSPCC? I would like to report countrywide neglect of those with special educational needs.’
I suppose we will have to wait until the end of June to see if this suspension of pivotal EHCPs is lifted, I for one will not be holding my breath.