Children and Families Act 2014

 

Clarity on the naming of independent/non-maintained placements on EHCPs

LB of Hillingdon v SS and Others (SEN): [2017] UKUK 250 (AAC) The Children and Families Act 2014 (CFA) introduced a system by which the Secretary of State can approve independent special and special post-16 placements to enable them to be requested to be...

Parents to blame for misdiagnosis of special educational needs?

So says the findings of a GL Assessment report out today, 24 February 2017, ‘Hooked on labels not on needs’. The survey polled 810 teachers from 19 January to 1 February 2017. In summary, the findings are: 57% of teachers in the survey think...

When is an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) necessary?

The judgment of the Upper Tribunal in  Hertfordshire County Council v MC and KC (SEN) (Special educational needs : Failure to make a statement)  has been released. This case the question of when an EHCP is necessary. This case is an appeal...

No hours, just banding, in an EHCP

Over the weekend, we received  this flyer  from a concerned parent via Facebook. The parent asked us whether what the local authority was proposing was lawful. The flyer “SEN Banding Information Sessions” poses the question;...

Clarity from the Upper Tribunal about young people and EHCPs

The Children and Families Act 2014 created a new system of support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Two of the many changes made were: Extending SEND support to the age of 25; Creating the...

Special educational needs statistics are released by Department of Education

The Department for Education (DfE) has issued its first set of special educational needs statistics following the changes brought about by the Children and Families Act 2014. The information published on 26 May 2016 is currently the only national source...

How much you've paid for the SEND reforms

Since the beginning of February 2016, we have been chasing the Department for Education for details of the costs of the special educational needs and disability (SEND) reforms. On Friday 18 March we received the answer. The total figure is staggering. ...

New SEND guidance for health professionals - is it any clearer?

Since the special educational needs and disability (SEND) reforms came about with the Children and Families Act 2014 coming into force in September 2014, we have expressed our concerns about health and social care not engaging with the process. Read ...

LA cuts taking their toll

“A new special educational needs (SEN) system has been in place for more than a year. But have the changes been positive? Laxmi Patel gives them a broad thumbs up – but warns that cuts are taking their toll”. Laxmi Patel  recently...

DfE puts more money into SEND reforms

On 29 January 2016 the DfE announced that it would be putting more money into the special educational needs and disability (SEND) reforms. The additional funding is £80 million. The funding breaks down as follows: £35.87 million to local...
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