Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 9°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Essex: More pupils getting educational support

18:12 10 December 2012

Jerry Glazier, Essex division NUT general secretary

Jerry Glazier, Essex division NUT general secretary

MORE Essex schoolchildren than ever before are being given direct support from the state for their special educational needs.

shares

Teaching officials said last night that it was a sign the county was making great efforts to ensure all children were supported, and that education chiefs were intervening early where necessary.

Special educational needs (SEN) refers to needs children may have as a result of learning difficulties or a disability which makes it harder for them to learn and make progress.

The number of children in Essex with a “statement of special educational needs” – a formal document detailing a child’s learning difficulties and the help that will be given – increased from 5,695 to 6,640 between 2011 and 2012, showing an increase of 16.6% compared to a national reduction of 0.2%.

A total of 985 new statements of SEN were issued in Essex in 2011 – the highest number issued by any local authority across the country, the next highest being Kent with 755. The figures are included in a report which was presented to Essex County Council’s Children and Young People Committee.

Jerry Glazier, general secretary of the Essex branch of the National Union of Teachers said the report is a sign that the county council is doing more to support children with SEN.

He said: “It’s an illustration that Essex is addressing SEN in a constructive way and enabling children who have the statement to access the additional resources that come with it. I would regard it as a positive thing.

“Statements are a mechanism for unlocking additional support. That may be on a one-to-one level with a teaching assistant in a primary school to enable them to remain included in an ordinary school situation, which is important, or it may be through part-time additional support.”

The report also shows that Essex has considerably more pupils with moderate learning difficulties than seen nationally.

In primary schools 34.5% of SEN pupils have mild learning difficulties as their primary need, compared to 21.8% nationally.

A county council spokesman said: “We have close working relationships with mainstream and special schools and are committed to using the statementing process to meet children’s needs.

“We are looking carefully at government plans to reform the statementing process with a new Education, Health and Social Care Plan and expect this to ensure that children with clearly identified special educational needs have their needs met. We are looking to talk widely over the spring to parents and professionals with a view to refreshing the Essex SEN Strategy.

“This will include reviewing early intervention that supports children before reaching the need for a statement.”

shares

0 comments

Ipswich Crown Court

A 19-year old man who met up with a 13-year-old girl and exchanged text messages with her despite being given a police caution for kissing her several months earlier has been sentenced to 21 months youth detention.

The vandals tore through Bury St Edmunds

A drunken “night of madness” saw vandals rack up over £5,000 of damage to cars, pubs and property as they roamed the streets of Bury St Edmunds.

St Edmundsbury Cathedral overlooking colourful displays in the Abbey Gardens

Suffolk’s most important religious building has been awarded a £300,000 Government grant to pay for urgent roof repairs.

Josephine Murphy

An 86-year-old woman who had gone missing from Clacton has been found safe and well

Aftermath of a barn fire in Holton.

A television antiques expert has appealed for help rebuilding his eco-friendly arts centre in Suffolk after a major blaze destroyed the historic sawmill that was to be its showroom and workshops.

Tim Yeo

An outgoing Suffolk MP has denied reports he stands to make more than £500,000 from the sale of his second home, which was part-subsidised by the taxpayer – saying he plans to keep the London property.

Stansted Airport

Aircraft pilots were targeted with lasers around Stansted Airport 45 times last year.

Darsham Nurseries head chef Lola DeMille and chef Tom Eagle in the cafe where they are donating money from one of the dishes to the World Land Trust.

An international conservation charity based in Suffolk is one of three organisations to benefit from a new campaign raising awareness about the impact of meat production on health, welfare and the environment.

Suffolk County Council's base at Endeavour House

Up to 23 jobs could go in a major shake-up of Suffolk County Council’s education services.

Latitude Festival, at the Henham Estate near Southwold

Suffolk poet Luke Wright has seen the Latitude festival grow from a modest boutique gathering in 2006 to one of Britain’s biggest music and arts events.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages