• SEND pupils told schools 'can't accommodate them', claims Spielman

    Schools have been telling parents they can’t accommodate pupils with special educational needs and disabilities during the coronavirus pandemic, Amanda Spielman has claimed. The chief inspector of schools told the National Children and Adult Services Conference this morning that children had been “left without access to therapy and education for months”. They’ve been told that

    12.55 Nov. 6th, 2020 | News

  • SEND rules back to normal from September (but prepare for local relaxations)

    The government will end nationwide relaxations over providing support for SEND pupils for September – but it will still consider easing requirements at local level. July marks the third month since the government began relaxing the duty of councils to provide support for SEND pupils during the coronavirus outbreak, to which they face a legal

    5.00 Jul. 4th, 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

  • DfE's SEND review must address 'significant failings', says Public Accounts Committee

    The government’s review of provision for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities must result in “concrete action” to address “significant failings”, an influential committee of MPs has said. An inquiry by the parliamentary public accounts committee found that the education, wellbeing and life-chances of pupils with SEND are being damaged by the government’s failure

    0.01 May. 6th, 2020 | News

  • Public accounts committee SEND inquiry report: Six things the DfE should do

    The parliamentary public accounts committee has published a damning report on the support for children with special educational needs and disabilities. The report warns many pupils with SEND are not getting the support they need, and calls for swift action from government to right this injustice. Here are the committee’s six recommendations for the Department

    0.01 May. 6th, 2020 | News

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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