SEN

Ombudsman criticises council for lack of transport for SEN pupils

13/08/2020

Buckinghamshire County Council has been criticised for its lack of suitable school transport for children with special educational needs.

Councils call for more clarity on special needs duties during pandemic

28/04/2020

Councils have warned they are struggling to deliver statutory support for children with special educational needs and disabilities due to dealing with the demands of coronavirus.

Exclusion process suffers ‘serious weaknesses’

11/11/2019

The current system for excluding pupils from school suffers from ‘serious weaknesses’ and needs overhauling, a new report has found.

Councils spending more than £4m on SEN tribunals

28/10/2019

Local authorities spent £4.3m on handling and contesting special educational needs tribunals last year - an increase of nearly a quarter compared to the year before.

Children with special educational needs home schooled ‘as last resort’

15/10/2019

Parents of SEN children often home school their kids as a last resort rather than a preferred choice, a new Ofsted report has revealed.

Council criticised after SEN child left without education for over a year

12/09/2019

Worcestershire CC complaints policy has been criticised after a boy with special educational needs was left without appropriate education for 14 months.

Council chiefs warn SEN reforms will ‘break’ their budgets

19/07/2019

County council leaders have warned that reforms to expand special educational needs (SEN) services will ‘break’ their budgets.

Some schools 'discouraging' admission of special needs children

11/06/2019

Children with special needs are being discouraged from attending some primary schools, education experts have warned.

Councils warn of national 'special needs emergency'

06/06/2019

Councils are supporting more than 130 extra children and young people with special education needs every day, new figures have revealed.

Council criticised for ‘serious delays’ in completing SEND plans

23/05/2019

Hackney Council has been criticised by the ombudsman over serious delays when completing plans for children with Special Educational Needs.

Councils should help pupils at risk of expulsion, report says

07/05/2019

Local authorities should establish forums where schools and other local services could convene to plan support for vulnerable pupils at risk of expulsion, according to a landmark review.

Special needs provision in schools cut by over £1bn

16/04/2019

Children and young people who have special educational needs and disabilities have lost out on £1.2bn of Government funding over the last four years.

‘Cash injection’ not enough for special needs education, warn council chiefs

29/05/2018

Council leaders have welcomed the announcement of extra money for special needs education — but warn that a 'one-off cash injection' is not enough.

Whitehall announces £45m to support SEND children

01/12/2017

The Government has announced a package of support worth nearly £45m to provide additional help for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Thousands of special needs children left without school plan

08/08/2017

Thousands of children with special educational needs have not been been given a plan to move into secondary school by their local council, despite a legal obligation to do, new research has revealed.

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Sampling COVID’s impact on Surrey

Michael Coughlin describes how Surrey CC is developing a ‘rich and granular’ understanding of how its residents, communities and the local economy are being impacted by the pandemic.
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Mobilising the social care workforce

A continued drive towards more mobile public services is needed to help overcome social care challenges in the bleak winter months, says David McKinney.
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