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 …

“Global wellbeing” is out of reach while children and vulnerable adults are routinely restrained in places of “safety”

This year’s World Mental Health Day 2022 theme is to make a global priority of mental health and wellbeing. It’s a good theme, and much needed, but at the same …

New SEND Minister, Kelly Tolhurst: many responsibilities but none so important as disabled children’s futures

We’d begun to get a little paranoid at Special Needs Jungle that maybe no one really wanted children and young people with SEND. Three weeks have passed since a new …

I’m a Dad with ASD and ADHD. Here’s why I’ll never give up fighting for my neurodiverse children’s educational rights

with an article from James Alexander, neurodivergent Dad of neurodiverse children **With Will Quince gone from SEND to Health, we will bring you a full update on the implications in …

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