“He’d be cheaper in long-term care” I was an LA SEND Manager forced out over disgusting comments from senior colleagues

by a former council SEND Team Manager Last week, parent Rachel Filmer wrote on SNJ how the disgraceful comments from the Warwickshire councillors about children with SEND were not unique. …

Why can’t my disabled children have a Blue Badge just because they’re under three? Please help me change the rules!

With Sarah Johnson, parent of disabled children The Blue Badge, enabling disabled people to park in special larger bays closer to their destination and have extra time in time-limited parking, …

The problems with the “secret” consultation on improving standards for SEND Mediation (and how to respond)

With Margaret Doyle, mediation expert and research fellow If you want to appeal against a decision concerning an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), you need to either participate in …

SEND Funding Fact Check 3: Where the money’s gone, why it isn’t helping, and why more children need support

This is the third in our series of posts looking at the complex and toxic tyre fire that is SEND funding. Some is wasted fighting parents and SEND consultants It’s …

The Warwickshire councillors are not unique: They’re indicative of growing resentment toward supporting disabled children

With Rachel Filmer, SEND Parent You are unlikely to have missed the furore over the abhorrent comments by the Tory councillors in Warwickshire last week. We shared our disgust on …

Young neurodivergent gamers tell CAMHS how to improve support: Focus on the cause, not just the symptoms

With Andy Smith, Spectrum Gaming We recently came across a report from Spectrum Gaming, a charity based in Greater Manchester, about the experiences of some of their neurodivergent members who …

SEND Funding Fact Check 2: Record funding or lack of cash? Which is true—and where’s the money gone?

This is the second in a series of ‘what’s happening?’ posts on SEND funding. In the first post, we looked at the Department for Education’s claim it’s made record increases …

Funding Fact Check 1: The DfE says SEND cash is up by 60%. Let’s find out if that’s true…

For many of us, school funding is a complex mystery with huge figures bandied around that aren’t easy to understand. Competing claims between local and national government make it even …

What’s the law when a council says it can’t comply because of resource issues, though it’s “trying its best”

Comments from the High Court on a local authority’s claim they could not comply with the law because of resource issues – R (W) v Hertfordshire County Council The news …

A separate Down syndrome school census category is unlikely to improve SEND provision—and may have unintended consequences

On Friday, we wrote about the Department for Education announcing a new phase to its short breaks innovation programme and extending supported internships. The announcement also briefly included plans to …

SEND Improvement: Supported internships without EHCPs, plus “incredible”, “unforgettable” disabled children’s short breaks

Yesterday, Matt looked at how local authorities have been spending the £2.6 billion pound SEND capital funding. Today, we have news of another funding announcement for SEND – this time …

The project helping schools and parents find common ground, so children with SEND can thrive in mainstream secondary

with James Harris, former headteacher and SEND parent We’re always interested to hear about innovative projects that help meet the educational needs of disabled children. Former headteacher, James Harris, who …

Challenging society’s negative narrative to understand the positivity of caring for a child with disabilities

with Dr Joanna Griffin, University of Warwick Dr Joanna Griffin is a university researcher, psychologist and a parent carer. She’s currently working on a new online programme for family carers …

SEND Tribunal 2023: When will councils stop wasting public funds defending SEND appeals when they fail almost all the time?

It’s been a long old year, but it’s not over yet – least of all when there’s a fresh data drop from the First Tier Tribunal for Special Educational Needs …

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