“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 …

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 …

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 …

‘Inverse care’ and unmet need: How children in poorer areas are less likely to receive the right SEND diagnosis or provision

by Dr Tammy Campbell, Visiting Senior Fellow at CASE, and Director for Early Years at the Education Policy Institute. A few years ago we ran an article from the Education …

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 …

The urgent need for early and effective support for deaf children – my appeal as a deaf parent with two deaf daughters

with Rayan Basma, deaf parent of two daughters who are also deaf As our columnist, Matt Keer has written previously, outcomes for deaf children lag stubbornly behind their hearing peers, …

Disabled children increasingly turned away from early years settings. A SEND charity aims to tackle the SEND inclusion crisis

with Catherine McCloud MBE, CEO, Dingley’s Promise SEND in the early years has historically been much neglected in SEND. The Government’s Change Programme has plans for Level 3 (A-Level equivalent) …

Partner with us to help SEND families get some 2023 Christmas cheer — OR to offer mainstream SENCOs some free SEND resources!

For the last few years, we have run a Christmas giveaway offering Amazon vouchers to families in need of a Christmas treat. We’re delighted to say that we are doing …

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 …

The award-winning sports podcast created by autistic learners that’s giving them hope and skills for the future

With Adam Millichip, Tettenhall Wood School, Wolverhampton Podcasts are having a moment right now — even we have one. We talk about SEND of course, but if you wanted to …

The Council for Disabled Children’s new Director on their work to implement the Government’s SEND Change Programme

With Amanda Allard, Director, Council for Disabled Children You may have seen from our recent podcast with Dame Christine Lenehan, that there is a new director at the help of …

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