government policy

Free course on new English SEND legislation

I have just received the latest issue of the TAC Bulletin, and found a useful link to a free course.

The new English legislation , re special educational needs and disabilities, came into effect on 12 September 2014 and those of you not familiar with the changes may like to make use of the free course by Online Training Ltd.

Just go to and follow the link to the SEND code of practice course.

The Bulletin may be found at

Further Items on Cerebral Palsy Report in the News

It is now a week since the report on cerebral palsy was published

I have been checking to see if news items about the report have been published since then. As far as I can establish there have only been two,  in  the local newspapers of Portsmouth and Leicester.

The Portsmouth Evening News  states

This would include nationally-agreed protocols around earlier diagnosis and intervention, improved awareness and training for health and education professionals, improved signposting and support for families and greater funding for research into cerebral palsy to improve outcomes. Now the government will work to  put these recommendations in place.

A very interesting  statement.

The  other, from  the MP for Loughborough in Leicestershire, Nicky Morgan, also Secretary of State for Education, is a note in her  column for the Leicester Mercury. She refers to her attendance at the reception for the Report and a Leicestershire CE centre, Steps and its work.

I have not received information about any others I may have missed, so I am assuming that that is probably it now.


Justin Herbst, Conductive Education graduate gives evidence to US Senate committee

Quite a few years ago I had contact with Patti Herbst when she started up the Conductive Education Center in Illinois with her husband, Chuck.. She had a son, Justin, with cerebral palsy and discovered Conductive Education which she was determined he would have. She wanted ‘independence for Justin’ and wrote about his journey in Intelligent Love, published by Conductive Education Press.

Since then the center has gone from strength to strength and so has Justin. He attended Southern Illinois University and after graduating found employment with UPS (United Parcel Services).

Yesterday I received the latest ACENA Newsletter which reported on the US Senate Committee hearing on Fufilling the Promise: Overcoming Persistent Barriers to Economic Self-sufficiency for People with Disabilities.

This hearing took place on  September 2014, and  Justin gave evidence along with several others. His presentation can be downloaded as a pdf  and watched on the video.

Justin’s achievements  are a fantastic example of what Conductive Education can do to transform lives and enable those with cerebral palsy to achieve their potential. His hard work has paid off and he is now willing to stand up for others and put the case to the US government to update its disability policies, for the Government to make sure that true independence can become a reality.

Patti and Chuck, enormously proud of their son, are still working hard to make Conductive Education  better known, and practised in the US.

Nice one!

UKparliamentary debate on cerebral palsy today

Today there was a government debate on the education of children with cerebral palsy in Westmister Hall from 9.30am to 10.37am.

This was chaired by Mr Philip Hobone, and the discussion opened by the MP for Fareham, Mr Mark Hoban, who describes cerebral palsy and refers to his own support for the Rainbow Centre in his constituency. Other speakers included the MP for Selly Oak, Birmingham, and the Under Secretary for Education, Mr Edward Timpson.

For further information,  see the recorded contributions of these three politicians at

British government special educational needs plans revealed

At last the green paper on special educational needs has been published by the UK government and can be found at
Quite what it will hold for all those children currently placed in this category, I can’t say, as things may change after the consultation period which will now take place.


Anyone wishing to submit information, make comments etc on the proposals  can do so between 9 March and 30 June 2011.

For further information, and to see letters written by the minister, Sarah Teather along with go to

and look at the left hand side bar.

The Opposition (Labour) party’s comments and views can be seen at

and The Teacher’s union, the NASUWT, reports its reaction at$21387674$1345015.htm

Further comments can be found by entering ‘SEN green paper’ into Google News. I expect there will be quite a few hits for this over the next few days.