Petition Watch


Our readers are passionate about a wide range of issues. Here we will provide you with opportunities to support initiatives which are of importance to you.

Petition Watch comprises a list of petitions relating to SEN which are currently active on the UK Parliament website with more than 100 signatures at the time of compilation.

To add your name to any of these, go to the relevant page on the UK Parliament website ( The petitions are not just symbolic. Any which reach 10,000 names will receive a response from HM Government. At 100,000 names, there is a chance that it will receive a debate in Parliament.

We will continue to monitor and update this list in future issues, and of course report in more detail on any which meet either threshold.

Increase funding for Tourette Syndrome

Tourette Syndrome affect 1 in 100 children, yet the support provided is minimal and very patchy across the UK, some areas have NO support.
There’s only a handful of specialist Tourette centres in the whole of the UK – we need more of these to provide care for EVERYONE! More research leads to more help!

Government Response:
“Funding has been committed to support research into Tourette’s syndrome. Services are locally commissioned, with clinical specialists supporting patients and their families.”

Prioritise special school staff in Covid 19 vaccinations

The unique requirements of working with children with additional needs means that social distancing and effective use of PPE is virtually impossible. Vaccinating special school staff will also offer protection to the children and their families.

Government Response:
“We are working hard to ensure everyone who has been clinically prioritised to receive a vaccine will have access to a vaccine as soon as possible”.

Require all school staff receive training on SEN children

All school staff should be required to take a course on children with special educational needs (SEN). Too many school staff don’t have any idea how to engage with SEN children!

Make CCTV on school buses carrying children with disabilities mandatory

There have been reported incidents on school buses transporting children with disabilities. Children have come home with unexplained marks on their body.

More funding for SEN children to access appropriate school provisions

Make more funding available for schools and local authorities to offer better provisions for SEN children, especially those who do not fit the criteria for special needs EMS/mainstream schools. 

Make it law for EHCP assessments to be automatically available

A child diagnosed with a condition that may affect their learning ability or any child that has been recognised but still undiagnosed, by school or professionals as needing extra help is automatically entitled to be assessed with their parents/guardians consent.

Ban applied behavioural analysis (ABA) for autistic people

Ban Applied Behavioural Analysis (sometimes referred to as “conversion therapy”) for autistic people. 

More funding for local authorities to assess and support autistic children

What is needed are social workers specialised in Children with disabilities and not safeguarding social workers. Two different assessments and this needs to be recognised.

Create an emergency fund for ASD (autism) & ADHD assessments

The Government should create an emergency fund to deal with waiting lists for autism & ADHD assessments for children AND adults. 

Fund improved neurodiversity diagnosis, identification and support

Few schools have specialist provision for neurodivergent students in public education. Diagnosis for the different types of neurodivergence is not an option for those who cannot afford to pay privately.

Introduce a statutory Mental Health Policy to schools in England

Introduce a specific policy for schools which follows the Mental Health Act 2017.
It should promote inclusion and reasonable adjustments, to ensure pupils with significant mental health needs can access education regardless of their limitations.

Require schools teach about special educational needs & mental health disorders

All schools, primary and secondary, have to educate students about different types of special needs; including autism, Asperger’s, ADHS and Down’s syndrome, and also mental health disorders.

Replace “Special Educational Needs” within the Children & Families Act

The use of “Special Educational Needs” in the Children & Families Act (2014) and Code of Practice (2015) is outdated. It does not accurately describe the provision that many children need. It should be replaced with the term “additional needs”.

Make British Sign Language a language option in the national curriculum

Make British Sign Language an option for students to study at school. 

Fund more school places for students with special needs

It should not be a fight to get children into a suitable special needs school, there should be enough places available.

Updated 3/7/21

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