What makes a good outcome in an Education, Health and Care Plan?

What makes a good outcome on an Education, Health and Care Plan?

One of the changes within the SEND reforms is that the support in the statutory Education, Health, and Care Plan must contain outcomes instead of objectives. So what is an outcome? The SEND code of practice states: 9.61   EHC … Keep Reading…

EHCP Journeys and SEND reviews

EHCP Journeys and SEND reviews

So, Labour have launched a review into the SEND reforms. It won’t be the only one, I’m quite, quite sure. Shadow Minister for Children and Families, Sharon Hodgson MP, is in charge of the review following analysis that reveals children with special … Keep Reading…

How do Apprenticeships support young people with SEN?

How do Apprenticeships support young people with SEN?

Only 6% of people with learning difficulties are currently in employment. No, I didn’t make that shocking figure up, it was mentioned in the announcement of a new government ‘Taskforce’ to help more people with learning disabilities to access an apprenticeship. These … Keep Reading…

Undiagnosed and raising awareness to patients, professionals and parliament

UNDIAGNOSED EVENTS

I’ve been to a couple of events in the last week or so around Undiagnosed Children’s Day. As going anywhere is quite an effort for me, I wanted to share some lovely pictures from them. They were both pretty amazing … Keep Reading…

The Great EHCP Swindle

EHCP Swindle

A parent post today, but it’s not a personal tale of an experience with the new Education, Health and Care Process. Instead, it’s a lesson for everyone involved in the SEND system that you may well be grateful for.  In fact, Bren Prendergast,  or @bjpren as you … Keep Reading…

Parents’ and Carers’ Guide to the new Special Educational Needs & Disability Inspections

send inspections

Accountability for the quality of provision in England’s reformed Special Educational Needs and Disability system has long been on parents’ minds. Now, further details about the joint inspection framework for have been published so here’s an update of what you … Keep Reading…

My #Undiagnosed Day video to say thanks to those who get care right.

You cannot improve the system by alienating the professional that are the system

I have three children. All three have an undiagnosed genetic condition. One is a wheelchair user, has feeding tubes, and complex medical needs, one is a bit wobbly on his feet, is on the autistic spectrum and falls down a … Keep Reading…

My SWAN journey from denial to motivation with my undiagnosed son

claire with rowan

Today is Undiagnosed Children’s Day, a nationwide event aimed at increasing awareness of SWAN or Syndromes Without A Name (also known as an undiagnosed genetic condition). Around 6,000 disabled children are born every year with a condition so rare, doctors haven’t seen or … Keep Reading…

Work and the parent carer: a choice or a right?

work and the parent carer

Today I am delighted to introduce Sarah Down who has agreed to write a guest post for us. Sarah is mother to a lively four and a half year old with complex disabilities and no diagnosis. Life has taught her … Keep Reading…

Honest and useful assessment for children with SEND is not just about attainment

Nancy Gedge photo

A couple of months ago I was invited to speak at the Academies Show in London on the subject of assessment for children with SEND.  It was very exciting (and flattering) to find such an email in my inbox, so … Keep Reading…

Teenage years and special needs: from angel to devil and back again

Teenage years and special needs: From Angel to Devil and back again

Puberty with any teenager can be a tricky business and a time of immense change for everyone in the family. If your child has special needs on top of that, the flood of teenage hormones can become overwhelming to you … Keep Reading…

What isn’t working in the transfer from Statement to EHCP

What isn’t working in the transfer from Statement to EHCP

By 1 April 2018, local authorities must have transferred all children and young people with statements of SEN to the new SEN and disability system who meet the criteria for an EHC plan. Local authorities must conduct a Transfer Review … Keep Reading…