The problems with the “secret” consultation on improving standards for SEND Mediation (and how to respond)

With Margaret Doyle, mediation expert and research fellow If you want to appeal against a decision concerning an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), you need to either participate in …

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 …

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 …

Funding Fact Check 1: The DfE says SEND cash is up by 60%. Let’s find out if that’s true…

For many of us, school funding is a complex mystery with huge figures bandied around that aren’t easy to understand. Competing claims between local and national government make it even …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Ombudsman report says councils are “standing in the way of support” by failing to offer personal budgets during the EHCP process

If your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), were you offered a personal budget? Were you told during the assessment that they wouldn’t qualify for one? Or …

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 …

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 …

EXCLUSIVE: DfE answers further questions on “targets” for EHCP cuts, removing children from specialist provision and plans to boost SEND in schools

After our articles on Matt’s discovery of the apparent 20% cuts targeted for EHCPs for local authorities in the Government’s “Delivering Better Value” in SEND programme, we were contacted by …

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