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 …

A New Hope: The TikTok SEND Parents planning to protest the Government’s failure to support their disabled children

If you were involved in SEND back in 2019, you will have been aware—or may have participated—in protest marches and events around the country to highlight the crisis facing disabled …

EHCPs in England in 2023. More plans but only half on time—and more efforts to take them away. Plus our annual LA Hall of Shame

Yesterday, the Department for Education (DfE) published their annual statistical summary of Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) in England. These figures can usually tell us a fair bit about …

Research: Meeting the SEND needs of disabled children early delivers £380k return per learner and dividends for society

With Claire Dorer OBE, CEO of the National Association of Independent Schools and Non-Maintained Special Schools (NASS) A new research report into the value of disabled children receiving prompt and …

Innovative use of student specialists has revolutionised our schools’ SEND therapy and cut assessment waits to just 10 days

by Conrad Bourne, Mercia Trust Our post earlier this year, ‘No specialists = no support’ highlighted a severe shortfall in the number of speech and language therapists and other specialists …

Restricting autism assessment? Not on our watch, say Bristol parents, as they launch legal action

with Fiona Castle, Assess for Autism, Bristol The below quote from a new NHS autism Framework document illustrates everything about the “NHS Utopia” described in today’s article. “For an undiagnosed …

SNJ WEBINAR: SEND Minister Claire Coutinho discusses the SEND Improvement Plan. Register now!

We have another fabulous webinar lined up for you — with Education Minister, Claire Coutinho, who has responsibility for SEND. Claire Coutinho, MP for East Surrey, joined the Department for …

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 …

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 …

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