School staff need a pay rise, but when LAs don’t pass on government funding, it’s SEND pupils who suffer most

Everyone’s feeling the cost of living crisis right now – and the world of SEND hasn’t been spared. Most children and young people with SEND are educated in schools. In …

Chaos, mistrust, poor inclusion, and no communication: How Kent’s SEND provision has failed its disabled children and their families

With Matt Keer Dear God, Kent, how can you fail children and young people with disabilities and their parents so badly? It’s a low bar to limbo under, but Kent …

The stark inequalities of social mobility of disabled young adults in England

Childhood disability has been conspicuously absent from longstanding social mobility and intergenerational inequality debates. This is partly due to the persistence of medical interpretations of disability, which disregard the negative …

“Global wellbeing” is out of reach while children and vulnerable adults are routinely restrained in places of “safety”

This year’s World Mental Health Day 2022 theme is to make a global priority of mental health and wellbeing. It’s a good theme, and much needed, but at the same …

New SEND Minister, Kelly Tolhurst: many responsibilities but none so important as disabled children’s futures

We’d begun to get a little paranoid at Special Needs Jungle that maybe no one really wanted children and young people with SEND. Three weeks have passed since a new …

Why the Down Syndrome Act ‘call for evidence’ is also relevant for people with other genetic conditions

Government consultations are like buses. No sooner has one gone by, than another arrives. In the same week the SEND Review consultation closed, the Department for Health & Social Care …

Using a different lens for neurodivergent children: Don’t treat them as younger, give them the tools to achieve

A little while ago someone on my Facebook posted a meme that supposedly showed the functional age of a child with ADHD according to their chronological age. The meme contained …

#SENDReview: National standards plans are an assault on the rights and entitlements of children and young people with SEND

One of the main, and most worrying, proposals in the SEND Green Paper is the introduction of National Standards. Some in the SEND sector are in favour of National Standards …

Without detailed plans for its planned “Inclusion Dashboards”, the DfE is navigating towards an Inclusion Illusion

I don’t mean to show off, but my car has a very fancy dashboard. As well as the standard features – speedometer, odometer, petrol gauge – it can, with a …

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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