SEN Reforms

Here at SNJ, we talk quite a bit about politics and, specifically, SEN reform.

The reforms to the SEN system are due to be implemented from September 2014; earlier if your LA is a pathfinder champion

If you have a child with a statement or on any level of SEN, you need to know about this and below we have gathered all the posts we’ve written about SEN reform and politics.

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


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

independent support

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…

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


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…

My hopes for the new Education Health & Care Plan (EHCP)


EHCP stands for Education Health and Care Plan.  Having given it some thought, this is what I want the EHCP to really stand for. E is for Education. E is also for Empathy. Those who work with our families should have empathy … Keep Reading…

Home straight: SEND reforms target pre-summer legal finish line

Home straight: SEND reforms target pre-summer legal finish line

Three days ahead of the deadline for pre-summer parliamentary approval, the Department for Education yesterday laid before Parliament its final draft of the new Code of Practice along with publishing a raft of other vital documents for the new SEND … Keep Reading…

Assess, Plan, Do, Review: involving parents in the new SEN Graduated Response


SEN Departments in local authorities in England are currently (or should be) working feverishly on a new “Graduated Response” document aimed at identifying and helping children with special educational needs. In the current system, the graduated response is based on … Keep Reading…

SEN reforms: A school leader’s perspective on the forthcoming changes

London Leadership Strategy event

Next week, I’m taking part in a round-table discussion as part of a conference about the SEN reforms. Not that I’m nervous or anything, but the keynote speaker will be the SEN Minister, Ed Timpson along with influential names in … Keep Reading…

Pitching the SEN Code of Practice to parents


Last Thursday, I was representing Special Needs Jungle among a group of parent carer organisations and forums at the Department for Education. We were there to talk about how best the DfE could explain to parents the new special educational … Keep Reading…