The oral question was asked by Emma Lewell-Buck (S Shields Lab) of the Children's Minister, Edward Timpson:
“What assessment he has made of the adequacy of the training and support available for the teaching of children with special educational needs."
The Minister's reply was, "Teachers tell us that the quality of their training in SEN has improved significantly, with 69% of primary teachers and 74% of secondary teachers rating their training as “good” or “very good” in helping them to teach pupils with SEN. That compares to as few as 45% in 2008."
All very well, except that it is less than totally clear.
Recently on Twitter, Dr Sue Robinson asked "If you were going to participate in an educational conversation or discussion especially about policy, what would you want to debate? Thanks”.
I offered, "Disability-specific initial training for teachers of children with special needs eg cerebral palsy and conductive education”
To which she replied, “Thanks. ITT is a good topic and the disability area of this is one i hadn't thought of.”
Nor had Edward Timpson, it appears, in responding to the MP's question.
[Dr Sue Robinson: Formerly a headteacher and National Leader of Education and now a National College Associate and Regional Director for The Elliot Foundation. I am also a member of the Council for the British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society (BELMAS). - twitter = @suerobinson2 ]