SEND

Council apologises after failing to support autistic girl

30/06/2022

Suffolk council apologized after an investigation revealed that the local authority had failed to provide therapy for a child with special educational needs.

Council chiefs call for ‘action’ to deal with spiralling SEND costs

29/06/2022

The number of children in England in need of special needs support has increased dramatically over the past year, local authority leaders say.

One in four children persistently absent from school, study reveals

15/06/2022

The Government needs to ensure that councils have enough funding and powers to help ensure that all children are able to access education, council chiefs say.

Consultation for new SEND inspection framework launched

14/06/2022

Ofsted and the CQC have today launched a consultation on a new draft framework for inspecting local provision for children and young people with SEND.

Local authorities to bid for funding for 75 new free schools

10/06/2022

Up to 75 new free schools - including sixth forms, specialist schools and alternative provision - will be created across England.

Call for national review of children's mental health services

07/04/2022

The new president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) has called for a post-pandemic national review of children’s mental health services.

Government vows to end 'postcode lottery' on SEND

29/03/2022

Schools, councils and health providers will need to work together to support children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) with more targeted funding, a Government green paper said today.

Fuel prices hit school transport services

25/03/2022

Spiralling fuel costs are impacting school transport services, with councils set to have to pay providers more or face pupils unable to access free transport.

Council chiefs call for reform of ‘adversarial’ SEND system

11/03/2022

Council leaders have called on the Government to tackle the rise in tribunals over SEND disagreements as they warn the system has become ‘adversarial’.

Council criticised after vulnerable teen misses year of education

03/03/2022

A teenager with special educational needs has missed out on a year’s education because the county council did not plan for her to move schools after Year 11.

Families spend £14.6bn replacing missing disability support

07/02/2022

One third of families with disabled children have been forced into debt funding their children’s education, a new survey has revealed.

Delayed SEND review to reduce 'local variation'

11/11/2021

Proposals coming out of the Government’s review of special educational needs and disability (SEND) will look to reduce ‘local variation,’ children and families minister Will Quince has suggested.

Council apologises for SEND failures

21/09/2021

Suffolk CC has apologized to families who rely on special educational needs (SEND) provision after a report found the council was 'not performing well.’

SEND children being left behind by council

31/08/2021

Children with special educational needs are being left behind by council services across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, inspectors have found. 

Unravelling the knot of education, health and care plans

29/07/2021

Leo Jones lays out the deeper challenges that need to be recognised and addressed if the SEND review is going to tackle the complex problems behind rising numbers of education, health and care plans.

Special needs deficits to grow to £1.3bn in two years

30/06/2021

A ‘spiralling deficit’ in special educational needs services (SEN) is expected to grow to an ‘unmanageable’ £1.3bn in just two years’ time, county councils have warned.

SEND services in Suffolk to be reviewed

15/06/2021

An independent review into Suffolk County Council’s special educational needs and disability services is to be conducted following criticisms by families.

Working in partnership to get more people with disabilities and complex needs into employment

14/06/2021

Cllr Lorraine Dean explains how a pilot partnership project with housebuilder and contractor, Durkan, has created a blueprint for supporting more people with disabilities and complex needs into employment.

Councils must meet their SEND legal duties

20/05/2021

No matter how tight budgets are, councils still need to be held to account for how they are discharging their statutory SEND duties, says Catriona Moore.

Construction of £23m council-funded school for SEND students complete

17/05/2021

Somerset CC has announced that construction has finished on Polden Bower School, a brand new £23m council-funded school for students with complex needs.

Council chiefs call for review of SEND system to be completed ‘urgently’

14/05/2021

Council leaders have called on Government to ‘urgently complete’ its review of the SEND system and to ensure councils have funding to support SEND children.

Children and families need £12.5bn over three years, says new ADCS president

22/04/2021

The growing number of children and families who need support 'to thrive, not just survive in the wake of the pandemic' will need investment of around £12.5bn over three years, says England's new children’s services chief.

Extended funding for projects for children with SEND

12/02/2021

The Government has extended funding for projects to support children with special educational needs and disabilities.

SEND education requires ‘radical shake-up’, council chiefs say

03/12/2020

The high needs system for further education is ‘not working and requires a radical shake-up’, council and college leaders say.

Ofsted warns of COVID impact on SEND support

09/11/2020

The pandemic has ‘seriously affected’ support for special educational needs an disabilities (SEND), according to Ofsted.

Three key elements can optimise out-of-area placements for children with SEND

14/10/2020

Professor Sandy Toogood explains what features of provision are required when out-of-area residential school placement is needed for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

A personalised approach holds the key to unlocking our SEND challenge

28/08/2020

Prof. Sandy Toogood argues there is huge opportunity to reframe SEND provision and focus on the importance of a personalised approach.

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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