So SEND is “lose, lose, lose”? Not for these private sector winners in the DfE’s SEND Change Programme

A few weeks ago, Education Minister Gillian Keegan described the English SEND system as “lose, lose, lose.” Plenty of people reading this will agree. But there are organisations in SEND …

Partner with us to help SEND families get some 2023 Christmas cheer — OR to offer mainstream SENCOs some free SEND resources!

For the last few years, we have run a Christmas giveaway offering Amazon vouchers to families in need of a Christmas treat. We’re delighted to say that we are doing …

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 …

Research: Cost of Living Crisis having “profound and far-reaching consequences”, increasing SEND needs while forcing cuts to school support budgets 

Amy Skipp, ASK Resesarch, and Jenna Julius, NFER Over the last few weeks, NFER and ASK Research have published a three-part research series, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, investigating the …

SEND Minister denies the Government is aiming to cut EHCPs by 20% with an emphatic, but unconvincing, explanation

The new SEND Minister, David Johnston, has denied the Government is working towards cuts of 20% in EHCPs for local authorities on its “Delivering Better Value” (DBV) programme, as we …

The parables of SEND: Is it more like ‘the drowning man’ or ‘the tree and its fruits’?

I recently came across two linked articles written by academic Alan Hodkinson discussing the history of the SEND system. They immediately drew my attention as the articles attempted to understand …

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 …

Updated exclusions and behaviour guidance and how a thoughtful school culture can avoid discriminating against learners with SEND

It feels like decades since “hopeful beginnings” for a new school year was a reality, even before the actual fabric of school buildings threatened to fall. For parents of vulnerable …

DBV Part 2: 20% EHCP cuts? After repeated denials, the Department for Education‘s got some explaining to do…

by Matt Keer and Tania Tirraoro Matt writes: On Friday, we took a look at the Department for Education’s Delivering Better Value in SEND financial intervention programme. Fifty-five of England’s …

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 …

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