News

Councils seize initiative to give Covid-19 vaccine to special school staff

Thousands of special school staff are being offered the Covid-19 vaccine as councils include them in the priority roll-out...

Samantha Booth
Samantha Booth
News

Government rules out relaxing SEND support rules – for now

The government has tentatively ruled out relaxing SEND support requirements during the current lockdown, instead urging authorities to make...

Samantha Booth
Samantha Booth
News

Special school staff ‘should get vaccine priority’

Public health experts have backed calls for the government to consider vaccinating special school staff in the first priority...

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg
News

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
News

Special schools demand clarity on vulnerability criteria amid closure warning

Special schools could be at risk of closing completely if government guidance on vulnerable children is not updated urgently,...

Schools Week Reporter
Schools Week Reporter
News

Head’s ‘fury’ as vulnerable kids miss out due to PPE issues

A headteacher is “furious” after having to tell parents of pupils with complex medical needs that they must stay...

Nicky Phillips
Nicky Phillips
News

Coronavirus: Special school leaders should make decision about pupils attending

Heads at special schools should make decisions about whether their pupils should attend school on a “case by case”...

Schools Week Reporter
Schools Week Reporter
Opinion

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...

Expert Contributor
Expert Contributor
News

Special-school closure will leave pupils with 45-mile commute

Staff and pupils from a special school in Cambridgeshire will have to travel 45 miles to a new location...

Alix Robertson
Alix Robertson