Good Practice Guidelines for Education for Children and Young People with Down Syndrome

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Symbol Uk is delighted to be part of the All party Parliamentary Group which has published the Good Practice Guidelines for children and young people up to 25 years.

The report calls on government to:

  1. Recognise the specific developmental and educational needs of children and young people with Down syndrome as a unique group
  2. Ensure effective planning and monitoring for this population of children/ young people
  3. Develop the inspection framework so that the inspection process is informed by and checks against identified good practice with pupils with SEN, and specifically Down syndrome
  4. Promote and support syndrome-specific approaches tailored to the learning profile of children and young people with Down syndrome, and endorse the principles set out in this document
  5. Develop government led, centrally produced, evidence based guidance for practitioners on Down syndrome
  6. Protect the provision of specialist Down syndrome support services
  7. Recognise and meet the need for provision of additional resourcing

The report summarises information about the specific learning needs of children with Down syndrome and sets out principles for effective education practice.

More information can be found at http://www.dseinternational.org/en-gb/news/2012/12/01/appg-good-practice-guidelines/  , and a video of the minister’s response can be down loaded here.