It's back! Once again we are giving you the chance to ask the Department for Education the questions you want to know answers for about special educational needs and disability.
Last week myself, Renata and Matt paid a visit to the DfE to meet the new Deputy Director of SEND, Suzanne Lunn. We found her to be friendly, open and dynamic and we wish her well with the mammoth task on her desk of fixing SEND. Ms Lunn follows in the footsteps of Stuart Miller and, before him,
The current Government minister in
Your chance to put questions to the Department for Education
We’re really pleased to say that Ms Lunn (and her team, of course) has agreed to repeat the exercise of her predecessors and answer questions from SNJ readers. So at the end of this post, I'll be asking you to submit your questions for the DfE.
But first, a reminder of everything that’s up in the air as it’s more than a little confusing.
Public Accounts Committee Inquiry
This has recently opened, following the publication of the damning report from the National Audit Office. You can read our post about the inquiry here and our report on the NAO report here. Earlier this week, the inquiry held its first oral hearing and one of the witnesses was our own stats guru, Matt Keer. Matt did a sterling job and we'll be hearing more about it soon. In the meantime, please do submit your own evidence to the inquiry which you can do here
The Department for Education has launched its own SEND Review. Perhaps anticipating bad news, it was announced just before the NAO report was published. It will be looking at all the evidence from the soon-to-be-published SEND Inquiry being finalised by the Commons Education Committee. You can read our article about the SEND Review here
When all the evidence and information has been gathered and examined, the Department will then look to updating the current SEND Code of Practice, in place since 2015, so this will be an
SEND Funding Inquiry
This has now closed so we await the results eagerly. You can read our post about it here. I took part in a workshop for it, as did some of you. Of course, SEND did benefit from £700 million in cash for this financial year recently. We’ve been told that how the money will be distributed across the 152 English local authorities will be announced later this month. Whatever happens politically though, the money is allocated for distribution.
However, the School Cuts campaign says even with this money, the High Needs Block will still be £1.5 billion short of what is needed.
Commons Education Select Committee SEND Inquiry
This is expected any day. We submitted evidence and covered it in detail. Matt, as well as many other witnesses, gave powerful oral evidence that shone a light on the difficulties being faced. There were around 700 pieces of evidence submitted. Hold on to your hats for this one, and of course, we’ll cover it here when it arrives. Read our posts about it here
Submit your question to the Department for Education SEND team
Okay, it's time. Now, I know it’s tempting to go mad and write a book, or a horror story, about your experiences in relation to what you want to
**CLOSING DATE: 18TH OCTOBER 2019**
Read our previous Ask the DfE Q&As
- 2017/18: The Dfe replies to your questions about SEND Provision
- The DfE replies: Accountability in SEND
- The DfE replies: EHCP issues
- Download them as an Ebook
- 2016: The DfE answers your Top 10 questions on the changes in SEN and disability education: Part 1
- 2016 Part 2
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