• 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

  • Who were the winners of The Careers & Enterprise Company Annual Awards 2018?

    This week the Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC) celebrated the work of schools, colleges, businesses, and careers professionals with its annual awards ceremony for 2018. Over 200 nominations were accepted for the nine categories and the winners were chosen by panel of independent expert judges. “Across the country schools and colleges are making progress towards world class

    17.04 Jul. 4th, 2018 | News

  • 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

  • Hinds challenged over 'dangerously inadequate' SEND funding

    A coalition of trade unions and 39 local authorities have written to the education secretary to warn of “dangerously inadequate funding” for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The School Cuts Coalition was first formed in November 2016 and now includes NEU, NAHT, ASCL, Unison, GMB and Unite. In a letter to Damian Hinds, the

    0.01 Jun. 18th, 2018 | News

  • Inaugural FestABLE becomes a celebration of SEND

    Founders of the first ever festival celebrating special educational want to “bring teachers and families into the same space” and hope more mainstream teachers will attend their next event. Barney Angliss, a SEND consultant, has spent two years planning FestABLE, which took place in Cheltenham last weekend. He had the help of Elaine Gisby, director

    5.00 Jun. 10th, 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

  • Sabrina Hobbs, principal, Severndale specialist academy

    A nine-year-old boy in a wheelchair is delightedly pressing the large button on a battery-powered speaker that calls Betsy the dog by name. Every time he does, a chocolate sprocker spaniel comes bounding across to a small circle of children. This all happens under the watchful eye of Sabrina Hobbs, the executive principal of Shropshire’s only

    5.00 Jun. 12th, 2018 | Features

  • Extracurricular doesn't count as 'broad and balanced'

    There have been two recent government announcements on funding for arts activities in schools. But their extracurricular nature leaves some students out in the cold, argues Anita Kerwin-Nye Alexander is 11. He has autism and is in a special unit at a mainstream school. He is an exceptionally talented musician and this year he led

    5.00 May. 12th, 2018 | Opinion

  • 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

  • Which local authorities got flexibility on high needs funding?

    In a move allowing certain local authorities greater control over special-needs funding, the education secretary has lavished Conservative-run councils with more flexibility. Councils are no longer able to freely move money from general schools funding to cover spikes in demand for higher-needs funding, which is used to pay for special needs places and excluded pupils.

    7.00 Apr. 29th, 2018 | News