The new SEND Code of Practice approved by Parliament! See our co-produced SEND reform infographic

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I’m imagining a champagne cork or two is being popped in the Department for Education SEND Division today – the new SEND Code of Practice has been approved, in time for implementation on September 1st 2014. Although this is the … Keep Reading…

SEN Minister Ed Timpson talks to Special Needs Jungle (video)

Ed Timpson & SNJ

We are approaching the SEN reform legislative finish line with Parliamentary approval of the new SEND Code of Practice so close I can feel its breath on the back of my neck. It is, of course not really a finish … Keep Reading…

Parents in the cold over developing the Independent Supporter role

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Curiouser and Curiouser. No sooner does the Council for Disabled Children reveal the names of those organisations picked to provide Independent Support to parents in the new Education Health and Care Plan system, than the National Network of Parent Carer … Keep Reading…

Special Brothers and Sisters: A book review

Special brothers and sisters

Special Brothers and Sisters: Stories and Tips for Siblings of Children with a Disability or Serious Illness A Review of this important book edited by Annette Hames, a consultant clinical psychologist and Monica McCaffery, director of Sibs organisation. Illustrated by Brendan … Keep Reading…

The school that builds hope, self-esteem and futures

MHS - founder's days

The marquee had an extension for Founder’s Day this year. Our first end of summer term Prize Day came in July 2008, (I wrote about one of our early ones here, a year after I started this blog). We have both expanded … Keep Reading…

Mrboosmum on the Inquiry into Childcare for Disabled Children

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**Tania’s note** The writer alternatively known as Mrboosmum has kindly provided us with this Friday’s column The Launch of the Report of the Parliamentary Inquiry into Childcare for Disabled Children. With the new Education, Health and Care Plan starting at birth, … Keep Reading…

Charlie’s farm project to create accessible holidays in Devon

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Our columnist Charlie Mead has been quiet of late. I sometimes see Facebook posts of him at various locations around the world, enjoying himself, often on golf courses. You would almost think he had retired! Far from it. In fact, … Keep Reading…

What do you want SEN & disability professionals to know about working with parents?

OPTIMUS

This November, I’m delighted to have been invited to speak at an upcoming Optimus Education conference - The New SEND Framework: Legal Obligations & Practical Solutions. This is mainly, of course, for professionals working in SEN and Disability to learn about … Keep Reading…

Advising parents about SEN reform? Don’t bother, unless you know the FACTS

Edward Timpson giving evidence

Ed Timpson, the Children & Families Minister in charge of the SEN reforms has made a little YouTube video which seems entirely aimed at emphasisng the role that parent carers have made in developing the reforms and at sending a … Keep Reading…

How the respite of a Short Break can keep a family together

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Parents often talk to me about the unavailability and inaccessibility of respite. They are concerned that there is nothing available to them or their children or that they are not allowed to access respite as they don’t meet criteria set … Keep Reading…