Depressingly awful data and our 2024 EHCP Hall of Shame reveal the sad state of disabled children’s education, with growing numbers out of school

Yesterday, the Department for Education (DfE) published its annual statistical summary of Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) in England. This year, these figures will be put under a lot …

Uncovering the hidden truth about SEND safety valve agreements and how they’ll cut children’s SEND provision

Anything that calls itself the “safety valve intervention programme” is going to struggle to excite public interest. Perhaps that was the intention: create a bureaucratic-sounding programme in an obscure corner …

Parent carers protest as 92.3% say engaging with their local SEN Team was “actively detrimental to their mental health”

With CWaC SEND Accountability campaign group, Cheshire West and Chester Parent carers shouldn’t have to protest, they’ve got enough to do caring for their disabled children. But, angry at their …

Parent campaigners: We must suspend the SEND Safety Valve programme: Here’s why, and how

with Rachel Filmer, Stop Safety Valve campaign Imagine you’re a builder, called to quote on a crumbling, damp-ridden house. You do an in-depth assessment of the issues and calculate the …

Review: Mental Health and Wellbeing of Children and Young People with Learning Difficulties. A Guide for Educators (Giveaway)

This post is in paid partnership with Jessica Kingsley Publications. As an educator myself, Dr Kirstie Rees’ book, Mental Health and Wellbeing of Children and Young People with Learning Difficulties. …

The parallels between the subpostmasters scandal and the institutional gaslighting aimed at SEND parent carers

with Fiona Castle, SEND parent and campaigner Institutional gaslighting, lies, infliction of trauma and mental health breakdown… these are all behaviours that allowed the subpostmaster scandal to develop and persist …

SEND Funding Fact Check 3: Where the money’s gone, why it isn’t helping, and why more children need support

This is the third in our series of posts looking at the complex and toxic tyre fire that is SEND funding. Some is wasted fighting parents and SEND consultants It’s …

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 …

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 …

Disabled children increasingly turned away from early years settings. A SEND charity aims to tackle the SEND inclusion crisis

with Catherine McCloud MBE, CEO, Dingley’s Promise SEND in the early years has historically been much neglected in SEND. The Government’s Change Programme has plans for Level 3 (A-Level equivalent) …

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