SEND

Councils warned about discriminating against autistic children

06/08/2020

More than 40 councils have been criticised for unlawfully discriminating against autistic children.

Thousands of new school spaces for SEND children

20/07/2020

New special free schools will provide over 3,000 extra places for pupils with the most complex needs.

Tackling our SEND challenge

14/07/2020

Peter Whitmore explains why collaboration and knowledge sharing are crucial to tackling the SEND challenge.

Local areas to get extra support to strengthen SEND services

10/07/2020

Ofsted and Care Quality Commission (CQC) will visit local areas to help them improve their SEND services following the disruption caused by COVID-19.

County increases scrutiny of its special educational needs services

02/07/2020

Norfolk County Council has agreed to regular scrutiny of its services for children with special educational needs after the ombudsman found it 'failed' the same boy twice.

Teachers call for summer holiday offer to support children

19/06/2020

Teachers have urged the Government to fund councils to help them provide summer activities for children in preparation for a return to school in September.

MPs tell department to 'get a grip' on SEND

05/05/2020

The Department for Education (DfE) does not have a grip on mounting pressure in the special educational needs and disability (SEND) system, a watchdog has found.

Council ‘surprised’ by criticisms of its SEND transport policy

25/02/2020

A council has expressed surprise at a ruling by the local government Ombudsman which criticised its transport policy for adult learners with special educational needs (SEND).

A strong future for SEND services

29/01/2020

How did two non-IT people deliver a successful SEND digital transformation project? Vik Verma and Deborah Brooks explain.

Councils sent back to drawing board on SEND

28/01/2020

Councils have been sent back to the drawing board after a quango ripped apart their plans to recover massive special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) deficits.

Council apologises for ‘significant failings’ in SEND provision

14/01/2020

Richmond council has acknowledged that there were ‘significant failings’ in its provision of special educational needs and disability services after a critical Ombudsman report.

London borough rejects insourcing children’s services

11/12/2019

Kingston LBC had considered returning services from a wholly-owned company when their contract ends in 2021.

Bristol accused of 'abject failure' over SEND care plans

26/11/2019

An overhaul of services for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) is under way at Bristol City Council, after it failed to meet deadlines for families applying for support.

Index shows large variation in England's incusive schools

12/11/2019

Schools in London are the most inclusive in England, new analysis has revealed today.

Special educational needs reforms ‘poorly implemented’, MPs say

23/10/2019

A generation of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities is being failed by the Government’s SEND reforms, MPs warn.

Nine in 10 complaints about SEND provision upheld by Ombudsman

03/10/2019

The Ombudsman is receiving more complaints about education, health and care plans (EHCP) than ever before – and the vast majority are being upheld.

Holyrood launches review of additional support provision in schools

23/09/2019

The Scottish government is calling on parents of children with additional support needs to give their views about the educational help available to their kids.

Cash-strapped councils struggling to support SEND children, auditors warn

11/09/2019

Auditors have warned that councils are coming under growing financial pressure as the demand for supporting school pupils with the greatest needs rises.

Whitehall to review support for children with special educational needs

06/09/2019

The Government has announced a major review into the support offered to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Spending Round 19: Schools receive £7.1bn funding boost

04/09/2019

School spending will increase by £7.1bn by 2022-23, the chancellor confirmed today.

Councils call for incentives to help schools support children with special needs

29/08/2019

Mainstream schools should be incentivised to accept more children with special needs, council leaders have said today.

Financial risk for children's services across London is 'unsustainable'

22/07/2019

Children’s services across London are facing an unsustainable level of financial risk, a new report commissioned by London Councils has warned.

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