SEND reforms – some legal myths and realities

Steve Broach

Today, we are delighted to feature a guest post from Steve Broach.  For those who don’t already know him (and that is probably very few, if any, of you), Steve is a barrister at Monckton Chambers specialising in cases involving disabled children … Keep Reading…

SEND Commencement Day is finally here. A new era in Special Educational Needs starts today!

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September 1st 2014 – SEND Commencement Day! It’s the date that has appeared in the dreams of those in the SEND division of the Department for Education since 2011. Conversely, the date September 1st 2014 has long dogged the nightmares … Keep Reading…

Finding out about SENDirect:  Delivering choice and control to families

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As a result of the SEN reforms, the landscape around special needs has suddenly got a whole lot more complicated. Local Offers, Independent Supporters, Mediation providers, the SEND Gateway and another grouping, SEND consortium, and its new offering called SENDirect. SENDirect … Keep Reading…

Back to school with your special needs child: Some top tips for a smooth ride

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The Summer is almost over and as parents we are either reluctantly or desperately looking to the start of the new term, depending on how the last few weeks have played out. For many children this will entail either a … Keep Reading…

Day 4: The Flow Chart for if you disagree with SEN provision (or lack of it)

I think, somehow, that this might prove to be an oft visited post. While the government’s aims are for high quality SENCos to interpret the new SEND Code of Practice and skillfully provide the right SEN help to each child … Keep Reading…

The new SEND system Flow Chart 3: Conducting an Education, Health & Care Assessment

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And so, day three… You’ve applied for an assessment for your child’s special educational needs and lo! you get the go ahead from the local authority. What happens next? The main difference is that you, as with the initial application, … Keep Reading…

The new SEND system Flow Chart 2: Requesting an Education, Health & Care Assessment

So, after yesterday’s post showing the headlines for the Assess, Plan, Do, Review Graduated Approach, we now turn to what happens if you’ve been there, tried that and the interventions that have been tried have had poor or no results … Keep Reading…

The new SEND system as a flow chart: Part 1, SEN Support

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Anyone a bit confused about how the new SEN system process, starting on 1st September 2014, will piece together? Where you start, what’s next, what’s instead of School Action and School Action Plus? We have something that may make it … Keep Reading…

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…