Wednesday 14 December 2011

The new generation of SEN?

An article in the Education News yesterday has claimed that teachers do not feel well equipped to cope with the rising number of pupils with Special Educational Needs.  Are trainee and newly qualified teachers given enough training in the field to efficiently plan and provide support for these children? Are SEN numbers really rising or are we simply more focused on the individual needs of each and every child then ever before?

The Education News suggests a book is the answer. Behaviour solutions - A guide to syndromes & conditions.

 Do books like this one lead to well informed and prepared teachers? Or is experience within SEN a more beneficial route to confidence within the sector? Of course this publication has its uses, identifying the characteristics of a condition could help when devising learning activities but are all children with Condition A the same? Personally, I can't help but think that this sort of publication, when advertised as a solution to the "problem", can only lead to children being identified or categorised according to their condition. The reason I set off down this journey in the first place, was to change the way people approached SEN, are we moving backwards?

Read the full story here.

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