It will never cease to amaze me what people believe…I might start sending some of them information about the flat earth society who are looking for new members!

Many moons ago I studied an educational management course and met some interesting terms around conscious/unconscious competence/incompetence.

Small children (and the individuals above) are blissfully unaware of their lack of skills and knowledge – unconscious incompetence.

University professors are arrogantly aware of their expertise – conscious competence.

Us mere mortals sit inbetween…either acutely aware of our inability to do/understand something (conscious incompetence) or able to do something so naturally we don’t even think about it.(unconscious competence).

Now, I’ll admit to listening to advice and falling for it hook, line and sinker, after all, the individuals telling me this information are usually better paid than me, been doing the job considerably longer and have a status and position that suggests they should know what they’re on about.  However, I like to do my own reading around things, and sometimes things don’t quite add up.  This means one of two things…either I’ve got completely the wrong end of the stick or the person giving me information is telling porkies.  Sadly, over the last few years I’ve come to realise that they seem to like the porkie pies so much that they perpetuate them as the truth and try to convince us all.

Here are a few myths that really bug me..

  1. If a child is SEN they get extra money/£6k.  
    No, if a child is SEN then the school is expected to spend some of it’s notional budget (element 2) in meeting their needs.  However, it is no where near £6k, is not ring fenced to individual children and by putting a child on the register then school doesn’t magically get extra funding.  (The formula used to calculate the notional budget does not icnlude SEN as one of it’s factors!)
  2. I can’t apply for an EHC Assessment because…the school doesn’t spend £6k/doesn’t give them 1:1/doesn’t have evidence of X cycles of provision/plans
    Yes, you can apply.  There are only two questions to answer (both must be yes).  Does the child have an SEN?  Might they need the provision of a plan in order to meet the needs of that SEN?  It has nothing to do with how thick the folder is.
  3. ….to be continued…