Better co-production is crucial for improving SEND provision. But are the Government’s plans a case of magical thinking?

‘Critically, we agree with what we heard during the consultation: that the national system should be co-produced with families, children and young people, so we can build their confidence that …

Will the SEND and AP Improvement Plan improve the lives of 16-25 year olds with SEND?

So, at last we have a SEND and AP Improvement Plan. The big question now is: was it worth the wait? If you’re a 16 to 25-year-old with special educational …

Will non-statutory National Standards improve SEND or just create confusion and more unlawful behaviour?

TONIGHT! LIVE WEBINAR: Will the Government’s “SEND Improvement Plan” fix SEND? Register here! The SEND Improvement Plan published by the Government on 2nd March was described in an excited press …

How does the the SEND Improvement Plan intend to create more accountability?

On 2nd March, the Department for Education finally published its plan to improve the SEND and alternative provision system. Over the next few weeks, SNJ will be looking at different …

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 …

SENDInTheSpecialists: The campaign to boost investment in the SEND specialist workforce grows, and how you can get involved

with Peter Just, Royal College of Speech and Labguage Therapists Last November we joined with a coalition of more than a hundred other SEND-related organisations to back a #SENDintheSpecialists campaign …

Serially flawed, frequently unlawful: DfE-ordered SEND “Rapid Improvements” still barely visible in England’s biggest council

“Every child and young person with special educational needs or disabilities should have access to high-quality services. Where a council does not meet their requirements to provide appropriate support for …

Can you legislate for love? The Government’s plans for children’s social care aims to

Ambitiously titled “Children’s social care: Stable Homes, Built on Love” the Department for Education has published its response and an implementation strategy after Josh McAlister’s review of Children’s Social Care and two …

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 …

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