Schools

Government withholds SEND bailouts as councils told to fill £269m hole

Some DfE bailout payments were delayed as councils failed to hit agreed targets, while all councils are being told...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
SEND

All heads should have a SENCo qualification, says minister

Will Quince also hints at possible row-back on controversial EHCP mandatory mediation proposal

Samantha Booth
Samantha Booth
Schools

Six in 10 councils face DfE intervention to cut SEND deficits

All councils also face new guidance on making spending on pupils with special educational needs and disabilities 'sustainable'

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
SEND

The 5 proposals to overhaul SEND inspections

Ofsted and Care Quality Commission launch three-month consultation on inspecting SEND services

Samantha Booth
Samantha Booth
Features

Susan Douglas, chief executive, The Eden Academy Trust

Susan Douglas, part-time chief executive at The Eden Academy Trust, tells Jess Staufenberg what visiting 63 countries with the...

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg
SEND

Councils commit extra cash to keep special school trust afloat

The Queensmill Trust is fighting for its financial survival and to keep its flagship school after warning notice

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
Schools

‘Recovery premium’ rolled out for all special school and AP pupils

Catch-up cash will increase for mainstream secondaries, rising to £60k on average, but rates frozen for most primaries

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
SEND

Birmingham SEND caseloads hit over 500 children per worker

Commissioner's damning report shows 'dire' state of SEND provision, but also points the finger at government

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
SEND

Requests for EHCPs soar again, new data shows

Nearly 500,000 education, health and care plans now issued

Samantha Booth
Samantha Booth