‘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) …

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 …

New School Transport Guidance ignores both equality and case laws protecting disabled learners

by Eleanor Wright, CEO of SEND legal charity, SOSSEN As well as updated exclusions guidance, the Department for Education also issued updated guidance on school transport just before the summer …

Contact WEBINAR: Is your disabled child missing out on their free school meals because of their disability or medical condition?

By Imogen Steele, Policy and Public Affairs Officer, Contact Our post today comes from Imogen Steele of the charity Contact about their upcoming webinar on 19 September about Free School …

Paula McGowan: We need mandatory autism and learning disability training in education settings to change culture, hearts, and minds

With Paula McGowan OBE Few of us will be unaware of the scandal of young disabled people abused, mistreated, or neglected in residential health and education settings One of the …

We must keep pushing for more autism education says charity leader, amid growing anger and confusion over Government SEND plans

with Jolanta Lasota, CEO, Ambitious About Autism There is an information vacuum from the Department for Education about what’s going on with its SEND Improvement Plan. And, as nature abhors …

Research: Meeting the SEND needs of disabled children early delivers £380k return per learner and dividends for society

With Claire Dorer OBE, CEO of the National Association of Independent Schools and Non-Maintained Special Schools (NASS) A new research report into the value of disabled children receiving prompt and …

Innovative use of student specialists has revolutionised our schools’ SEND therapy and cut assessment waits to just 10 days

by Conrad Bourne, Mercia Trust Our post earlier this year, ‘No specialists = no support’ highlighted a severe shortfall in the number of speech and language therapists and other specialists …

Restricting autism assessment? Not on our watch, say Bristol parents, as they launch legal action

with Fiona Castle, Assess for Autism, Bristol The below quote from a new NHS autism Framework document illustrates everything about the “NHS Utopia” described in today’s article. “For an undiagnosed …

New SENCO research questions the SEND Review’s “irresponsible” plans to downgrade the NASENCO award

with Dr Graeme Dobson, University of Birmingham We are anticipating the publication of the Department for Education very shortly. One of the major proposals was upskilling the SEND workforce, something …

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