I was invited to Number 10 this afternoon to discuss special educational needs with some of the Prime Minister’s advisers. A national level SEND review is currently taking place and I was glad to be able to feed in some of my views.
We also discussed prison education and the worrying fact that such a large proportion of those in prison have learning disabilities. I am pushing hard to try and make sure that everyone entering the prison system meets a education psychologist so that they can be properly assessed. We need to know the true scale of the problem.
As I’ve said before. The stakes are very high when it comes to getting SEND provision right. Get it right and we can empower some of our most creative unconventional thinkers to make a huge contribution to society. Get it wrong and sadly, too often, we are seeing with people whose needs aren’t being met in the criminal justice system.
I was very pleased to hear that the PM shares passion. I will promised that there are likely to be some significant anouncements over the coming months.