SEND

Revealed: The spiralling cost of a broken SEND system

Three-quarters of councils now have high needs financial blackholes, with many rejecting large numbers of requests for special needs...

Samantha Booth
Gareth Davies and Samantha Booth
SEND

Investigation: The broken special needs system

Joint investigation by Schools Week and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism reveals the scale of the challenge ahead for...

Samantha Booth
Gareth Davies and Samantha Booth
SEND

Director at criticised council wins DfE contract to help others improve

The DfE has appointed 13 SEND advisers on salaries of £90k to act as 'critical friends'

Samantha Booth
Samantha Booth
SEND

SEND review: What schools need to know

The much-delayed review of the SEND and AP systems was first launched in 2019

Samantha Booth
Samantha Booth and Freddie Whittaker
SEND

Nine more councils told to reform SEND services in return for £300m

But cash comes with strict conditions such as keeping more children in mainstream schools

Samantha Booth
Samantha Booth
SEND

High Court issues council ‘wake-up call’ on special needs delays

Children were waiting over a year for their care plans to be updated

Samantha Booth
Samantha Booth
SEND

Firm given ‘value for SEND’ contract slashed council care plans

Concern £1.5m government scheme is 'simply cost-cutting exercise'

Samantha Booth
Samantha Booth
SEND

Matt Jenkins, British sign language teacher, The Deaf Academy

Deafness shot into the national consciousness recently with a deaf contestant on Strictly Come Dancing. But award-winning teacher Matt...

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg
SEND

Councils with SEND cash black holes to get new cost-cutter visits

Ministers 'laying the foundations' for new reforms under delayed SEND review

Samantha Booth
Samantha Booth