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…

£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…

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…

What parent carers told the Minister at his SEND reform stock-taking session

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Earlier this week I attended a round-table event at the Department for Education hosted by the SEND Minister, Ed Timpson. Also in attendance were representatives from various Parent Carer Forums, Amanda Batten, Chief Executive of Contact a Family and Christine … Keep Reading…

An SNJ Infographic of the latest SEND statistics 2015

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Last week the DfE released its annual “Special educational needs: an analysis and summary of data sources”. It was late, as pointed out by our rather awesome columnist, @AspieDeLaZouch on his own blog, but the DfE insists there was nothing “sinister” about this; … Keep Reading…

Ask the DfE: Put your SEND queries directly to the man at the ministry

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We have something special for you today – a chance to ask the questions you want about SEND  to the Department for Education. The Deputy Director for SEND, Stuart Miller, took over the role shortly after the reforms were implemented. … Keep Reading…

Inspirational SEND education events and a speech that says it all

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Yesterday Angela and I went to two events in London that underlined the fight that families still face to get their children the right special education support. A year on from the implementation of the SEND reforms, and it is … Keep Reading…

Driver Youth Trust report: SEND reforms led to “Fragmented provision, chaos and confusion”

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Later on today, Angela and I will be attending the Westminster launch of  “Joining the Dots” a report out today from charity Driver Youth Trust. The report, commissioned from think-action Tank LKMco, explains how in some places reforms have led … Keep Reading…

Consultation on SEND Accountability launched. We look at the big picture

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So finally, what we have been waiting for – the public consultation for setting up a system of accountability for the new(ish) Special Educational Needs and Disability system. Of course this should have been firmly in place over a year … Keep Reading…

Plain and Simple – Personal Budgets are about having control

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Today, we are really delighted to have a guest post from Nic Crosby from In-Control.  Personal Budgets are something many of us have heard about, a few of us have been offered them, but generally, in the words of Genesis, it’s … Keep Reading…

What you told us about your EHCP experiences. Now tell us how it should be!

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A few weeks ago we asked you to send us your EHCP transfer or application experiences, however it’s been, to help us build up an up-to-date picture of what’s going on around the country. As well as a clear picture of … Keep Reading…

The EHCP #1YearOn – views, recommendations and a chance to have your say

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The National Autistic Society has published a fairly damning report saying that less than a quarter of parents surveyed are satisfied with new special educational needs system. The NAS is calling on government to completely review the system’s implementation, claiming that … Keep Reading…

SEND reforms #1YearOn only 6% of deaf children see support improvement

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We don’t like being negative at SNJ. We really want to be able to write about good practice, great resources and inspirational stories. But the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) reforms have made it really, really hard to do … Keep Reading…

Happy Birthday to the Children and Families Act?

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So a year has passed since the all-new, all-change, Children and Families Act started to replace the old system.  How has it gone for you? The views we hear are very mixed, they are obviously dependent on the source.  If … Keep Reading…

SEND reforms: Transformation or Missed Opportunity?

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A research paper discussing the 2014 special educational needs reforms in England, has raised serious questions about the legislation’s ability to improve inclusion and equality for those it was designed to help. In his paper, Nick Peacey, Visiting Research Associate, at UCL Institute of … Keep Reading…

Dropping SEN figures and the ‘waiting room’ category: the DfE replies

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A couple of weeks ago, we reported on the latest SEN figures for England that were released by the Department for Education. We noticed that there had been a rather steep drop in the number of children with SEN – 2.5%. … Keep Reading…

SEN figures show 2.5% drop in children with special educational needs in England

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Just as we agreed to go down to two posts a week over summer (with a week off in August), the Department for Education dropped the 2015 SEN figures. Sigh. So, we’ve made an infographic to make it easier to … Keep Reading…