Depressingly awful data and our 2024 EHCP Hall of Shame reveal the sad state of disabled children’s education, with growing numbers out of school

Yesterday, the Department for Education (DfE) published its annual statistical summary of Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) in England. This year, these figures will be put under a lot …

Research shows “critical information gaps” in most SEND local offer websites, including EHCP eligibility criteria

Research by Jacob Matthews, Kristine Black-Hawkins, Arina Basu, Andreea-Ioana Necula, Jonny Downs, Tamsin Ford, Jennifer Saxton The Local Offer was a provision of the Children and Families Act, now a …

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 …

Why Preparing for Adulthood outcomes, from the earliest years, must be an integral part of the new national EHCP template.

with Julie Pointer, NDTi You may be aware that work is going on on developing a national template for the Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), so that they are …

Ombudsman report says councils are “standing in the way of support” by failing to offer personal budgets during the EHCP process

If your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), were you offered a personal budget? Were you told during the assessment that they wouldn’t qualify for one? Or …

Unfavourable treatment for summer-born children with EHCPs whose parents opt for a delayed school start

with Beckie, parent of a disabled child and qualified solicitor Parents of children born in the summer months sometimes feel their child isn’t ready to start school at what may …

EXCLUSIVE: DfE answers further questions on “targets” for EHCP cuts, removing children from specialist provision and plans to boost SEND in schools

After our articles on Matt’s discovery of the apparent 20% cuts targeted for EHCPs for local authorities in the Government’s “Delivering Better Value” in SEND programme, we were contacted by …

SEND Minister denies the Government is aiming to cut EHCPs by 20% with an emphatic, but unconvincing, explanation

The new SEND Minister, David Johnston, has denied the Government is working towards cuts of 20% in EHCPs for local authorities on its “Delivering Better Value” (DBV) programme, as we …

DBV Part 2: 20% EHCP cuts? After repeated denials, the Department for Education‘s got some explaining to do…

by Matt Keer and Tania Tirraoro Matt writes: On Friday, we took a look at the Department for Education’s Delivering Better Value in SEND financial intervention programme. Fifty-five of England’s …

EHCPs in England in 2023. More plans but only half on time—and more efforts to take them away. Plus our annual LA Hall of Shame

Yesterday, the Department for Education (DfE) published their annual statistical summary of Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) in England. These figures can usually tell us a fair bit about …

Don’t make it harder to get EHCPs warns Equality and Human Rights Commission as DfE considers “raising the bar”

As education ministers review the upcoming “SEND Improvement Plan” it’s to be hoped they have found time to read this week’s Children’s Rights in Britain report from the Equality and …

Leadership, strategy and EHCPs most significant weaknesses in England’s local area SEND Inspections (Part 1)

This article comes to you in two parts. The first, below, explores the statistics of Ofsted and CQC’s Area SEND Inspections from 2016-2021, and their subsequent revisits if an area …

The EHCP statistics 2022 don’t tell the whole story. And see who topped the new EHCP LA Hall of Shame!

At the end of last week, the Department for Education (DfE) published their annual statistical summary of Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) in England. These figures can tell us a fair …

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