• Special Educational Needs: Five findings from the latest statistics

    This morning the government has published the latest statistics on pupils with special educational needs (SEN) and the provision they receive in schools. Schools Week rounded up the main findings.   1. More pupils with SEN The proportion of pupils with special educational needs has risen for the second consecutive year, after a period of

    10.28 Jul. 26th, 2018 | News

  • Thousands of children without EHCPs by government deadline

    Almost 4,000 children with now-defunct statements of special educational needs were still waiting to transfer to the new education, health and care plans (EHCPs) system after the April 1 deadline, the government has admitted. Data collected in early April but only released today shows that although 232,352 pupils, 98.4 per cent of those who previously had

    11.35 May. 10th, 2018 | News

  • How should progress be measured in a special school?

    Special schools aren’t just a watered-down version of mainstream schools, and require progress measures that provide meaningful information for students, parents and the government, argues Sabrina Hobbs As many mainstream schools are still finding their way through life beyond levels, special schools are dealing with a similar scenario of their own. Our old system of

    5.00 May. 6th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Newham expands special needs provision

    Five new or expanded centres attached to mainstream schools will be created for pupils with special educational needs in Newham, east London, as part of a multi-million pound grant from the government. The new provision will provide an extra 100 places focused on speech, language and communication needs, including autism. The first are expected to

    7.00 Mar. 24th, 2018 | News

  • Sue Jay, Head of creative arts, Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee School

    Rain is lashing down outside the drama studio at the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee School, but inside there’s a cast of storm troopers, a school-uniformed Princess Leia, and Darth Vader (holding a fluffy unicorn), all prepping for Rock Challenge, a fiercely competitive annual dance contest featuring more than 330 schools. Sue Jay, the school’s

    5.00 Mar. 13th, 2018 | Features

  • Special-school closure will leave pupils with 45-mile commute

    Staff and pupils from a special school in Cambridgeshire will have to travel 45 miles to a new location if plans to close their current site are approved. The TBAP multi-academy trust wants to close the Unity Academy – Fenland in Wisbech, which has just 24 pupils, and transfer them to another site it owns

    5.00 Mar. 11th, 2018 | News

  • Access arrangements for SEND pupils 'too strict and confusing', say exam officers

    Schools find exam access arrangements increasingly strict and confusing, according to the body that represents exams officers. Many schools want “much clearer” guidance on access, as well as special consideration for pupils with additional needs, according to research by the International Examination Officers’ Association. Some officers have even warned that extra help may be being

    7.00 Feb. 4th, 2018 | News

  • Headteacher boards swerve post-16 and SEND despite DfE promises

    The headteacher boards have been ignoring post-16 and SEND experts in their decisions on academisation – even though the government promised they would be included. The Department for Education said the boards, which advise the regional schools commissioners on rebrokering and academy conversion, would seek “specific advice” from post-16 and special needs experts, but Schools

    7.00 Jan. 28th, 2018 | News

  • 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

  • 5 things to celebrate about special educational needs provision in 2017

    We all know that special educational needs provision is nowhere near where we need it to be, but that’s not to say there haven’t been moments to celebrate, writes Adam Boddison It would be easy to write a review of SEND (special educational needs and/or disabilities) in 2017 by listing all of the challenges we

    5.00 Dec. 20th, 2017 | Opinion

  • 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