Don’t make it harder to get EHCPs warns Equality and Human Rights Commission as DfE considers “raising the bar”

As education ministers review the upcoming “SEND Improvement Plan” it’s to be hoped they have found time to read this week’s Children’s Rights in Britain report from the Equality and …

Leadership, strategy and EHCPs most significant weaknesses in England’s local area SEND Inspections (Part 1)

This article comes to you in two parts. The first, below, explores the statistics of Ofsted and CQC’s Area SEND Inspections from 2016-2021, and their subsequent revisits if an area …

The cruelest cuts that jeopardise disabled children’s life chances have become just another day for England’s SEND system

Laycock Primary School is a mainstream community school in the north London borough of Islington. It has a specialist SEN unit that supports deaf children – an unusually large unit, …

Making Supported Internships work so young people with learning disabilities and autism can thrive

with Julie Pointer, Programme Lead for Children and Young People, NDTi Earlier this year, the Government announced plans, as part of a multi-million-pound funding initiative, to improve supported internships. Supported …

SEND Tribunal 2022: With a 3.7% LA success rate, what will it take for the Government to finally understand the law matters?

It’s freezing this week in the Keer stats dungeon – but mercifully, an annual set of statistics about the Special Educational Needs & Disability (SENDIST) First Tier Tribunal have arrived …

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 …

Don’t write us off before we’ve started, say autistic pupils in new campaign to protect rights and funding

With Megan Horan, Ambitious About Autism A new campaign to stop autistic children and young people being ‘written off’ at school is being launched today by charity, Ambitious about Autism. …

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 …

Ofsted and ONS offer further evidence that lack of funding, training and specialists damages children with SEND

With Matt Keer Ofsted has found increasing numbers of primary school children with SEND are being referred to alternative provision, because of a lack of access to specialist help. Around …

No specialists = No support: The future for children with SEND is bleak without a trained workforce to support them

SNJ is among 114 SEND-related organisations and professional bodies calling for urgent action over gaps in the provision of specialist services for children and young people with disabilities. The gaps …

With no ministerial oversight for months, has the SEND Review lost legitimacy? Here’s what needs to happen now

Another day, another new SEND Minister – although at the time of writing their identity remains a mystery. It’s become almost routine, this government’s casual lack of regard for the …

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 …

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