• 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

  • DfE reports 10% rise in number of EHC plans

    The number of pupils with education, health and care plans increased by 10 per cent in the past year, the Department for Education has said. The latest data shows there were 390,109 pupils with an EHC plan as of January 2020, up from 353,995 at the same point in 2019. However, at the same time,

    10.21 May. 7th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Legal challenges 'certain' over SEND rule changes

    New emergency powers that “relax” requirements on councils to provide support for SEND pupils will “most certainly” lead to legal challenges, lawyers have warned. 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” to

    5.00 Mar. 28th, 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

  • Ministers reject nine in 10 council bids to prop up high needs budget

    Councils have warned of soaring deficits and diminishing support for vulnerable pupils after ministers rejected nine in 10 bids to shore up high needs budgets with general school funds. The local councils of both education secretary Gavin Williamson and schools minister Nick Gibb are among 22 local authorities denied permission by Williamson to move cash

    11.02 Mar. 13th, 2020 | News

  • Trial to investigate if 'activity passport' boosts attainment

    More than 100 primary schools are wanted to take part in a new trial to find out if enrichment activities, like visiting museums, boost attainment. The Children’s University trial will see 3,000 nine and 10-year-olds in England fill in a “Passport to Learning” when they complete activities such as performing arts classes, sports clubs and

    0.01 Oct. 9th, 2019 | News

  • Ofsted accused of legal breach over lack of SEND consultations

    Ofsted is facing accusations it breached equality laws after failing to consult any special needs organisations on its new framework before its finalised plans went out to public consultation. The inspectorate also neglected to include any SEND-specific research in the 321 sources of analysis to help shape the framework, Schools Week can reveal. They rejected

    5.00 Oct. 4th, 2019 | News

  • 'Shocking failure of SEND system' highlighted in damning NAO report

    The government’s own auditor has revealed that insufficient funding and severely stretched council budgets have left pupils with special education needs and disabilities (SEND) without the support they need. Campaigners say the findings reveal a “shocking failure” of the SEND system. The National Audit Office (NAO) report also reveals that local authorities’ spending on independent

    0.01 Sep. 11th, 2019 | News

  • SEND review launched to tackle 'postcode lottery' of support

    The Department for Education has today launched a review into tackling the “postcode lottery” of support services available for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) – just five years after launching its own major reforms to the sector. The SEND review aims to improve the services available to families and equip school staff to

    11.24 Sep. 6th, 2019 | News

  • SENCos won't have to prove pupils need exam reader help

    Special educational needs coordinators requesting permission to use readers for pupils will no longer have to provide evidence the extra help is needed, exam boards have announced. The Joint Council for Qualifications, which represents the four GCSE and A-level exam boards, has announced that from next year, SENCos will no longer have to complete a

    17.05 Aug. 5th, 2019 | News

  • Proportion of pupils with SEND continues to rise, and 4 more findings

    Government statistics today have revealed the proportion of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities has risen for a third consecutive year. The data shows that, as of January, there were 1,318,300 pupils with SEND in England, representing 14.9 per cent of the total pupil population. Here’s five key findings from the stats. 1. Number

    10.02 Jul. 4th, 2019 | News