The new SEN Reforms – Will they really make a difference to families?


Sema Cemal

The new SEN (Special Educational Needs) reforms have been in force since September 2014, replacing Statements with Education, Health & Care Plans (EHCP).

Described as the ‘biggest reform of SEN for over 30 years’, the changes are intended to “put children, young people and their families first”, offering a “person centred” approach and the promise of professionals “working with and listening to families about things that are important to them in order to help them achieve their aspirations”.

These reforms come at a time of huge budget pressures, with statutory agencies likely to be involved in creating and maintaining a child’s EHCP all facing budget cuts – schools, health and social care.

When I wrote about my 7-year battle to meet my son’s educational needs, over 100 parents contacted me. Most of them commented on the difficulties they face getting educators to meet their child’s needs, especially when it…

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2 thoughts on “The new SEN Reforms – Will they really make a difference to families?

  1. Lucie

    Hi Sema,
    absolutely loved your article about your 7yrs battle (not loved loved, but identified so much). My Anna who is coming 11 had the most horrendous 5 and 1/2 yrs of school – sadness and anxiety would be probably the two most overreaching emotions. Several weeks ago (upon her request) I took her out of primary that caters for 400 children and we are home educating. I have absolutely no idea where this journey will take us, but by God I am seeing a great deal of improvement in her happiness.

    It has been a hard battle, in our case especially to get her diagnosed. I can so identify with the ‘neurotic and overprotective mother’ and the holding in and exploding at home.

    We have approx. a year and half to work out what the future holds and what will be in Anna’s best interest.

    I would like to wish you all the best and hope you, your son and daughter are doing all well.

    Much love Lucie

    • Thank you Lucie for your feedback – it’s such an ordeal for parents trying to get the best possible outcome for their child/children. My son is doing ok in that he is happy to go to school but is still very depressed mainly due to lack of friendships. I wish you all the very best and hope Anna is doing well. Follow your instincts regarding the future.

      Take care, Sema

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