The Warwickshire councillors are not unique: They’re indicative of growing resentment toward supporting disabled children

With Rachel Filmer, SEND Parent You are unlikely to have missed the furore over the abhorrent comments by the Tory councillors in Warwickshire last week. We shared our disgust on …

Young neurodivergent gamers tell CAMHS how to improve support: Focus on the cause, not just the symptoms

With Andy Smith, Spectrum Gaming We recently came across a report from Spectrum Gaming, a charity based in Greater Manchester, about the experiences of some of their neurodivergent members who …

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 …

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 Improvement: Supported internships without EHCPs, plus “incredible”, “unforgettable” disabled children’s short breaks

Yesterday, Matt looked at how local authorities have been spending the £2.6 billion pound SEND capital funding. Today, we have news of another funding announcement for SEND – this time …

The project helping schools and parents find common ground, so children with SEND can thrive in mainstream secondary

with James Harris, former headteacher and SEND parent We’re always interested to hear about innovative projects that help meet the educational needs of disabled children. Former headteacher, James Harris, who …

Challenging society’s negative narrative to understand the positivity of caring for a child with disabilities

with Dr Joanna Griffin, University of Warwick Dr Joanna Griffin is a university researcher, psychologist and a parent carer. She’s currently working on a new online programme for family carers …

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 …

‘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, …

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 …

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