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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 …

Bureau of Investigative Journalism finds SEND funding black hole grew by 52% in a year, with one child in a SEND school 412 miles from home

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation with a mission to hold power to account. TBIJ have spent the last few months looking into the SEND …

Déjà vu: How will the #SENDReview end the over-promising and under-delivering cycle of support for disabled children?

As you have seen, SNJ are unpicking the detail and supporting parents to have a voice throughout the SEND Review Green Paper consultation. Much is laudable in the SEND review, …

How much impact will Early Years SENCOs in disadvantaged areas make to boosting early identification of SEND?

Recently, SNJ co-hosted Will Quince, Minister for Children and Families, on a parent webinar to talk about the solutions his team will be proposing to the colossal challenges facing the …

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