A press release from the DfE today announced that £30million will be used to fund champions to support families through the new SEN process. Yes, £30,000,000! Sounds good doesn’t it and I’m sure these champions will help some parents but personally I’m not convinced that this is the right way to spend taxpayers money.
I’d rather see the money invested into our education system because if the education system isn’t resourced enough to support ALL of our SEN children than no amount of championing is going to help. Sorry guys but that’s the reality for some families like mine. If there aren’t the schools, the specialist trained teachers and access to other therapies then no amount of champions are going to help.
I know myself that after going through the statementing process that the most challenging thing we faced was then to find a school that could meet need. Quite simply we didn’t, not in the Midlands anyhow, which is why I’m not even bothering with the education system anymore. I’ve wasted so much time and energy fighting for something that doesn’t exist that I’m now doing it myself. This is proving to be a much more satisfying and positive experience than fighting against a system that is not up to the job of educating my daughter. It also means my daughter is getting an education as I’m no longer preoccupied with fighting for that provision.
So for me I am not impressed that public money is going to fund key workers. I know that for my family having a key worker would not have improved our situation. In any case we already had access to support (Ipsea, Parent Partnership). What we needed was access to a properly resourced education system!