• Government faces legal challenge over emergency SEND powers

    The government is facing a legal challenge after temporarily “relaxing” the duty of councils to provide support for SEND pupils during the coronavirus outbreak. A notice at the end of April told councils they would only need to show “reasonable endeavours” to fulfill their duty in pupils’ education, health and care plans (EHCPs) during May.

    5.00 May. 16th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Children's minister claims relaxing SEND support rules 'strikes right balance'

    New emergency powers that “relax” requirements on councils to provide support for SEND pupils “strike the right balance in difficult times”, the government has said. The proposed coronavirus bill states councils won’t be penalised for failing to provide support outlined in pupils’ education, health and care plans (EHCPs) as long as they show “reasonable endeavours”

    17.13 Mar. 24th, 2020 | News

  • Should you hand back an EHCP if you think the child no longer needs it?

    Ed Vainker is the co-founder and executive principal of Reach Academy Feltham, the school featured in the documentary H is for Harry. We chatted to him about some of the themes raised in the film Qu: The documentary says Reach Feltham was spending twice the amount of funding allocated by Harry’s education, health and care

    5.00 Sep. 16th, 2018 | Features

  • Schools have 'strong legal case to make councils fully fund SEND provision'

    Schools are forking out millions of pounds for special educational needs provision even though there is often a strong legal case for obliging their local authority to fully fund it. The majority of councils provide schools with up to £6,000 of funding for pupils who have a special education need. The cost of delivering all

    5.00 Jun. 23rd, 2018 | News

  • Beware informal 'learning plans', SEND experts warn

    Pupils with special educational needs are being issued with informal learning plans in place of official plans that come with guaranteed funding. Some local authorities are giving out documents called ‘my plans’ or ‘learning plans’ if they believe pupil’s needs do not warrant a proper education health and care plan (ECHP), SEND experts have warned.

    7.00 Jun. 9th, 2018 | News

  • Without more money, the EHCP dream will become a nightmare

    How much does it cost to educate a child? Schools are allocated roughly £5,000 per pupil, depending on location. But is it enough? And, specifically, where is the limit if it isn’t enough? This question particularly matters when thinking about special-needs funding. The new system involves an education, health and care plan (EHCP). Introduced several

    14.24 Jun. 8th, 2018 | Opinion

  • SEND experts demand review of high-needs funding rules

    New funding rules will create a “perverse incentive” for schools to “over-identify” pupils as having special educational needs and disabilities, a policy expert has warned. Brian Gale (pictured), the director of policy and campaigns at the National Deaf Children’s Society and a former council pupil support director, fears a rule-change due in 2019 will see

    5.00 Jan. 22nd, 2018 | News

  • Pupils on 'SEN support' fare worse than pupils with EHCPs

    Pupils with special needs have better outcomes if they have an education health and care plan (EHCP) or statement – but those without statements or plans are being let down, Ofsted has warned. Children categorised as needing “SEN support” are more likely to have their needs overlooked, be excluded, and achieve less well than those

    5.00 Nov. 20th, 2017 | News

  • 'How the new SEND statement replacements work'

    A new special educational needs (SEN) system has been in place for more than a year. But have the changes been positive? Laxmi Patel gives them a broad thumbs up – but warns that cuts are taking their toll 1. More involvement from children, young people and families The new system puts children and young people

    6.00 Feb. 7th, 2016 | Opinion