The “Parents’ Pledge” should be included in the legal guidelines that schools have to follow the law, the children’s commission said.
In a new report, Released today, Dame Rachel de Souza called for the Department for Education to include the pledge in legal guidelines as part of its reform plan for students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND ).
He said this would give parents an idea of what to expect from schools by promising how to fund support for pupils with SEND.
The Parents’ Pledge – included in the Schools’ White Paper – sets out the expectation that schools recognize when pupils are failing in English and maths and inform parents of their progress.
Dame Rachel’s report warns that it is currently unclear whether resources to pay for the Key Promise and other support in English and maths for pupils with SEND will be taken from the budget SEND.
According to the report: “The children’s commissioner recommends that the government introduce statutory guidance so that whānau understand what level of care they deserve from the Parent Oati, the SEND school and the grant. EHCP (education, health and care).
Introduced by Schools White Paper in MarchThe Parents’ Pledge requires teachers to identify and provide appropriate support to children who fall behind in English or maths.
The idea was criticized at the time by sector leaders, including the general secretary of the Association of College and School Leaders, Geoff Barton, who said it was “a policy designed to grab headlines”.
At the beginning of this year, tDfE told schools they should consider funding for its new Key Promise in their plans for this academic year.
Dame Rachel’s report has more information on improving outcomes for students with SEND.
The children’s commissioner says the government must ensure mainstream schools are better able to support young people with SEND.
The report says there is a need for more support for schools looking to develop home-based provision, and to encourage more schools to work with their school families, university trusts or to provide good quality.
It also calls for the establishment of a new cross-Whitehall group to drive reforms across education, health and social care.
Dame Rachel said: “There’s no reason why children with SEND can’t achieve great results: whether it’s going on their own, starting an education or going to Oxbridge.”
He said the current system “doesn’t really do what it takes” for children with SEND, with screening often cited as a reason for poor attendance, low attainment and a lack of opportunities. hopes for higher education and employment.
“The price of getting this right is high, not just for better experiences for children and families but for better lives and fulfilled aspirations,” he added. “This is our opportunity to renew, renew, integrate and invest in improving what we offer to children.”
The sector is awaiting the next step in the government’s Green Paper under the auspices of new children’s minister Claire Coutinho, who replaces Kelly Tolhurst in Premier Rishi Sunak’s reshuffle in the cabinet of the council.
The discussion on the SEND Green Paper, e a major overhaul of the system was proposedwill end in the summer and the government will respond before the end of the year.