Specialist SEN Solicitor
20th September 2021
You never usually get something right the first time that you do it…
Many people feel that you need to get something right the first time that you do it, don’t they? Actually, I may be touching on a bit of a raw nerve here for some people without them realising it, as I have noticed over the years that often people like this (who usually call themselves ‘perfectionists’) think that what I am saying applies to somebody else and not to them!
These types of people also often have unrealistic expectations of what they can achieve the first time that they try something, so they do not realise for themselves (although they are very good in pointing it out to others) that learning to get better at anything requires you to initially make mistakes, but to then keep trying again until you succeed.
The irony is that, inwardly, we do understand this basic principle and, outwardly, always tell it to others, especially children, but then too often we seem to forget it ourselves and then are surprisingly disappointed if things do not go to plan the first time that we try to do something.
I think that, unfortunately, people often carry around the voice of somebody else in their head, such as a parent or teacher when they were growing up, or someone else at a different time, who said that they had to get something right the first time that they did it, and they then listen to that voice more than the one in their own mind telling them that it is alright to not get something right the first time that you do it.
Funnily enough, it is actually often quite good to make mistakes, because that is how we then learn (as long as they are not mistakes that we could or should have avoided if we had applied ourselves properly, or if we keep on making the same mistakes and never learn from them!)
Let me end my thought this week by just saying that you should please reflect on what I am saying here and, if it resonates with you, ask yourself why that is?
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LATEST SEND BRIEFINGS
It wouldn't be a SEN Update if I did not bring you a briefing from the Department for Education (DfE), would it!
Well this week, to make up for last week/last month, I am bringing you not just one briefing but two briefings!!
The first is an email I received this week from the DfE's SEND Division entitled: "Delivery of specialist 1:1 and group interventions for children and young people in education settings", which stated:
We know that COVID-19 has impacted on services and as a result many specialist services have adjusted their delivery models during their recovery. We have worked with education and health partners, including the Royal Colleges and the Association of Educational Psychologists, Chartered Society of Physiotherapists, Association of Colleges, the National Sensory Impairment Partnership, the National Network of Parent Carer Forums and the Council for Disabled Children, to develop this guidance which sets out the expectations for the delivery of specialist support for children and young people.
We are clear that education settings should welcome all specialist staff and facilitate their work with children and young people. This guidance aims to address any misconceptions around what should be delivered and to provide clarity in three broad areas: ensuring full access to provision; what safety precautions should be considered; and the importance of working with families and carers.
Please find a link to the document here.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Division"
The second briefing came to me (again by email) over the summer and was entitled: "SEND tribunal: single route of redress national trial" and stated:
On 20 July 2021, we confirmed that we would be continuing the extended powers given to the SEND Tribunal to hear appeals and make non-binding recommendations about health and social care aspects of Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans, provided those appeals also include education elements. These extended powers were being tested under a National Trial, which ended on 31 August 2021.
We have now updated the guidance ‘SEND tribunal: single route of redress national trial’ to remove references to the National Trial and explain that the extended powers will continue, providing details on how appeals which include health and social care aspects (now known as extended appeals) work.
This guidance is intended for all local authorities, health commissioning bodies and parents and young people in England.
Special Educational Needs and Disability Division"
LATEST NEWS ONLINE
In terms of news, here are the articles that I found of interest this week:
Parents warn of tsunami of school-anxiety cases
Covid teams can vaccinate pupils against parents’ wishes, schools told
Pupils only need to isolate if they have symptoms of Covid-19 or if they test positive
Again, aside from clicking on the relevant links for more information, I would also remind you of the very useful resources and information provided on the following websites:
- Council for Disabled Children
- Special Needs Jungle
I would also highlight again the magazines: SEN Magazine and Autism Eye which are both very helpful to any parents or professionals involved with children/young people with SEN.
Keep safe until next week.
With best wishes
P.S. I understand that there are many educational items, news articles, or other useful resources on the web, so I would be very grateful if you could let me know of any that you find that you think that others may find useful, so that I can direct people to them.