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DfE to target £20m SEND capital funding at councils with ‘safety valve’ bailout deals

Up to £20 million from a £300 million capital fund to provide more school places for children with special...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
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School funding: ‘Serious questions’ for government over £100m bailouts

Ministers have “serious questions to answer” over school funding bailouts for five councils, Labour has said, with calls for...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
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Councils in deficit told to find SEND savings in exchange for £100m bailouts

Five councils have been told to cut special needs and disabilities (SEND) spending and reform services in exchange for...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
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Ministers asked to ‘guarantee’ SEND rules won’t be relaxed again

Ministers have been asked to “guarantee” laws won’t be relaxed again that “downgrade” support for SEND pupils, as special...

Schools Week Reporter
Schools Week Reporter
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SEND review won’t be out until 2021, says Williamson

A landmark review into provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities won’t be published until next year,...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
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Ofsted’s autumn SEND ‘visits’ could prompt school inspections

Inspections of local area SEND provision could prompt emergency visits to individual schools if “serious concerns” emerge, Ofsted has...

Nicky Phillips
Nicky Phillips
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No joint SEND inspections in the autumn, but Ofsted and CQC will still ‘visit’ areas

Joint area SEND inspections will not resume in the autumn term, Ofsted has announced. But the watchdog and the...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
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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...

Schools Week Reporter
Schools Week Reporter
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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,...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker