• 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

  • Rejected special school bids in areas facing biggest shortfalls

    The majority of local authorities that have been refused new specialist schools will run out of places three years from now, Schools Week analysis shows. The Department for Education announced on Monday that 39 local authorities had been successful in their bids for new special needs or alternative provision schools, out of 65 to apply.

    7.00 Mar. 17th, 2019 | News

  • School forced to pay £270k for healthcare of disabled pupils

    A school has been forced to pay £270,000 for nursing assistants to help three pupils with profound long-term disabilities because the local health agency refuses to cover the costs, according to the headteacher. Sabrina Hobbs, head of a specialist academy in Shrewsbury, said her local clinical commissioning group (CCG) paid for the pupils’ healthcare at

    7.00 Mar. 9th, 2019 | News

  • The lost generation: Are we failing England's deaf children?

    Deaf children in England fall a whole grade behind their peers at GCSE, according to new analysis that has prompted warnings of a “lost generation” of young people. The National Deaf Children’s Society analysed Department for Education data, and found that deaf children achieved an average GCSE grade of 3.9, historically a grade D, while

    0.01 Feb. 13th, 2019 | News

  • Does Ofsted's draft inspection framework pass the inclusion test?

    The beefed up focus on special needs and disabilities in Ofsted’s draft inspection framework is welcome, but there’s more they could do if they really want to incentivise schools to be inclusive, notes Adam Boddison Earlier this year, I made the case that under Ofsted’s education inspection framework (EIF) no school should be able to

    10.00 Jan. 17th, 2019 | Opinion

  • Practise what you preach on SEND, Ofsted told

    A literacy charity has praised Ofsted for its “unprecedented” intervention on behalf of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities – but warned that its words “must be turned into action”. In its annual report published on Tuesday, the inspectorate was critical of the high exclusion rates of SEND pupils in mainstream schools, refusals by

    5.00 Dec. 9th, 2018 | News

  • Ofsted could do more to reward schools for being inclusive

    Amanda Spielman can make Ofsted a force for good by ensuring that in the new framework, no school can be outstanding unless they can also demonstrate they are inclusive, says Adam Boddison This morning, Ofsted published their annual report and it was good to see consideration given to learners with special educational needs and/or disabilities. 

    15.57 Dec. 4th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Investigation: SEND funding crisis pits parents and schools against councils

    Council bosses say pressure on their SEND budgets leaves them at risk of not being able to deliver core services – which would result in the government imposing emergency spending controls. Dave Hill, executive director of children, families and learning at Surrey County Council, this week told the education select committee that councils have been

    7.00 Nov. 30th, 2018 | News

  • Don't neglect curriculum content for pupils with severe learning difficulties

    We must protect curriculum content if pupils with severe and profound and multiple learning difficulties are to be included in the broad and balanced education they are entitled to, counsels Dr Deborah Robinson Yesterday, the Department for Education published an evaluation of the seven aspects of engagement assessment and announced its plans for a new

    17.10 Nov. 23rd, 2018 | Opinion

  • Revealed: The winners of the Nasen Awards 2018

    Twelve individuals, schools, and organisations have received awards from National Association for Special Educational Needs (Nasen) as recognition of their work with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The evening was hosted by celebrity guest Vanessa Feltz on October 19 at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel, London, and saw nearly 200 guests come

    10.13 Oct. 26th, 2018 | News