Step Forward for Parents of Special Needs Children
Settlement Means Significant Step Forward for Parents of Children with Special Education Needs
QPEC is very pleased that the settlement announced today between parents of children with special education needs and the government will mean a significant step forward in special education policy development.
Parents have been left out in the cold for many years and this settlement for the first time gives them a voice in the process of policy evaluation and formulation. There has always been a lot of talk about partnership but for most parents this has been a myth. The chance to change that begins today.
It is of course a disgrace that a group of parents with very limited resources has had to fight for 5 years to get even this far. QPEC has been proud to support them against the passive indifference of government policy development.
This settlement does not signal a solution to problems which have plagued special education policy since the introduction of SE 2000 from 1998. However if the process of engagement with policy and resource questions is followed through by Group Special Education in good faith then by the end of next year we would hope to see very clear policy change proposals from the government which should include -
QPEC will do its best to support parents through this process.
John Minto -