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 …

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 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 …

Crowdjustice appeal for court case to allow Ombudsman complaints over council bullying of families with disabled youngsters

We (Zoe and Philip) are a Mum and son team who’ve been around the block a few times in terms of fighting our corner to get Philip the health, education …

SEND Transport costs driven by ‘increased parental expectations’ claims councils’ group, and “something has to give”. Disabled children’s safety, perhaps?

Over the weekend, the County Councils Network (CCN) issued a report on the spiralling costs of home-to-school transport, including the costs of transporting children and young people with special educational …

Disability History Month 2023: Focusing on disability, childhood and youth shows inclusion is going backwards

UK Disability History Month runs from 16th November to 16th December 2023. UKDHM is now in its 14th year. This year’s theme is Disability, Childhood and Youth, which will be …

Research finds unfounded FII accusations cause “devastating and often life-long impact on children and families” and over 80% of allegations dropped

by Professor Luke Clements and Dr Ana Laura Aiello There is considerable evidence to suggest that increasing numbers of parents are experiencing allegations that they have fabricated or actually induced …

So SEND is “lose, lose, lose”? Not for these private sector winners in the DfE’s SEND Change Programme

A few weeks ago, Education Minister Gillian Keegan described the English SEND system as “lose, lose, lose.” Plenty of people reading this will agree. But there are organisations in SEND …

Research: Cost of Living Crisis having “profound and far-reaching consequences”, increasing SEND needs while forcing cuts to school support budgets 

Amy Skipp, ASK Resesarch, and Jenna Julius, NFER Over the last few weeks, NFER and ASK Research have published a three-part research series, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, investigating the …

The parables of SEND: Is it more like ‘the drowning man’ or ‘the tree and its fruits’?

I recently came across two linked articles written by academic Alan Hodkinson discussing the history of the SEND system. They immediately drew my attention as the articles attempted to understand …

Updated exclusions and behaviour guidance and how a thoughtful school culture can avoid discriminating against learners with SEND

It feels like decades since “hopeful beginnings” for a new school year was a reality, even before the actual fabric of school buildings threatened to fall. For parents of vulnerable …

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 …

It’s time to end the “double impact” of poor experiences at the intersectionality between Race and SEND: A Call to Action!

Today, we are delighted to welcome a new columnist, Frances Akinde. Frances is a former special secondary headteacher and NASENCO who has worked across the breadth of education settings. She …

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