Some ideas for teachers get started with parental co-production

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A month in and the new SEN system is still an unknown quantity for many schools. SENCos are still getting to grips with what will replace the IEP and are thinking about the first transfers from Statements to Education, Health … Keep Reading…

Fight Club must end, collaboration is the way forward: a SEND Director’s perspective

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Earlier in the year I went with Angela to the London Leadership Strategy conference where I was speaking on a panel about SEN reform, along with a number of experienced education professionals. I deliberately don’t dwell on these events too much … Keep Reading…

Disabled Students Allowance gets a year’s reprieve: Is it practical or political?

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Hark! I hear screeching tyres swivelling in a U-turn.. or is it just the sound of a General Election approaching? Surely that can’t be the reason for the most recent about-face from the government. Well, rather than an about-face, it’s … Keep Reading…

Twitter chat with the Department for Education #SNJSENchat

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We’re really pleased to announce that we will be hosting a Twitter chat for the Department for Education about the new SEN system next Wednesday 17th September LIVE between 20:00 and 21:00. Stephen Kingdom, the Deputy Director for the SEND … Keep Reading…

Transferring to an EHC Plan: Why “managing family expectations” is the opposite of co-production

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I’m anticipating the next school year with a good deal of trepidation, thanks to the new SEND system. Some day in the next couple of years, the vast majority of our statemented children will be transitioning to an Education, Health and … Keep Reading…

SEND reforms, ready or not?

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This morning, the BBC had a report on the SEND reforms and queried whether parents (or schools) were ready for them.  The BBC report that in excess of 1.7million children will be affected by the changes. Many of the families who … Keep Reading…

SEND reforms – some legal myths and realities

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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…