Hands off! SNJ learns new council funding to boost SEND implementation isn’t ring-fenced

Hands off! SNJ learns new council funding to boost SEND implementation isn't ring-fenced

The government announced recently that £80 million was to be given to improve the implementation of the SEND reforms. £38.5 million is for local authorities to tackle the areas where problems are still being encountered such as training, communications, culture … Keep Reading…

Tests: Do you and your child find them testing?

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It’s that time of the term again here in the Aspland household.  Tests! One week every term is handed over to testing what my children know.  Now, I am not against tests per se, but I am yet to be convinced … Keep Reading…

£80 million to boost support for Special Educational Needs

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   On Friday, the Department for Education (DfE) announced that £80 million was to be made available to extend opportunities to children with special educational needs and disabilities. The announcement stated: A multi-million pound package ensuring thousands of children with special … Keep Reading…

Do Academies turn away children with Special Needs?

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In an article on 3rd January, The Independent reported comments from Anna Feuchtwang, Chief Executive of The National Children’s Bureau, regarding, “…anecdotal evidence that academies are more reluctant to accept children with special education needs unless they have an education, health … Keep Reading…

The Rare Reality: An insight into the patient and family experience of living with a rare disease

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Specialised help and services for children and adults with rare or undiagnosed conditions has always been hard to find – or non-existent – and often, parent carers and patients themselves have found the only way to find the treatment and … Keep Reading…

SNJ Review & Giveaway: Disabled Children – a Legal Handbook

Disabled Children - a legal handbook review

At the end of last year, there was much excitement in the world of SEND when the second edition of the Disabled Children – a legal handbook was published. For those new to the Jungle, or for those who have … Keep Reading…

Why high-tech medical innovations just don’t match the harsh reality of health & disability funding

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As soon as they became our neighbours, our mother sent us round to play with the kids next door. Vivacious twin girls, of no interest to me, and the boy. Fascinating, solid, always listening, he hadn’t yet reached his teens … Keep Reading…

NAS chief tells SNJ why it’s time to end the autism diagnosis crisis

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Last year, the National Autistic Society launched a campaign aimed at ending the often seemingly endless wait for a diagnosis for an autism spectrum disorder. It’s a problem faced by both children and adults in the UK. We felt that … Keep Reading…

Why there’s a bright future using ‘Guiding’ for children with autism

Why there's a bright future 'Guiding' children with autism

Tania: Today we start a new series of articles from Zoe Thompson, who has been a regular contributor to our SNJ LinkedIn group Zoe is the Head of Development at Bright Futures school where, alongside the academic curriculum, they run … Keep Reading…

The DfE answers your Top 10 questions on the changes in SEN and disability education: Part 2

The DfE answers your Top 10 questions on the changes in SEN and disability education: Part 2

So, today we have part two of the answers to the Top 10 questions submitted by you, through SNJ, to the Department of Education. Part one, if you missed it, was on Monday, find it here. Part two has answers … Keep Reading…

The DfE answers your Top 10 questions on the changes in SEN and disability education: Part 1

The DfE answers your Top 10 questions on the changes in SEN and disability education: Part 1

For our first post of 2016, it’s right back into the thick of it. Last year we asked you to submit your Top 10 questions for the DfE about your experiences of the new SEND system. You certainly did, thank … Keep Reading…

Will these figures make councils think twice before forcing parents to the SEND Tribunal?

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At the end of last week, the government published the detailed statistics from the Special Educational Needs & Disability Tribunal from September 2014-15, i.e the first year of the SEND reforms. Most related to existing appeals for SEN statements. The … Keep Reading…