Children and Families Act 2014

 

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...

Personal budgets, direct payments and SEN (2)

This is the second of a two-part post. Yesterday’s post explained what a personal budget is, how parents/young person (YP) can request one, personal budgets for Health and Social Care, challenging the local authority’s (LA’s) decision and...

Personal budgets, direct payments and SEN (1)

We get enquiries about  personal budgets  time and time again. Whilst the right for parents and young people (YP) to request a personal budget has been in force now for over a year, it is apparent that very few people who want one have actually...

Who is responsible for therapy in an Education, Health and Care Plan?

There is still quite a lot of confusion about how therapeutic provision should be provided to a child or young person who has an  Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) . Yesterday, 6 January 2016, we received a letter from a local authority which...

EHC plans and the postcode lottery

“Speakers at the Westminster Education Forum touched upon an issue that I believe needs to be discussed and understood more fully. Changes to the special educational needs (SEN) regime brought about by the  Children and Families Act 2014 (CFA)...

Is the Local Offer really the problem?

The Department for Education (DfE) has released its latest Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) newsletter. It focuses heavily on the failings of the  Local Offer , but is quiet on a number of other issues. The newsletter...

The Children and Families Act 2014 - One year on

The Children and Families Act (CFA) came into effect a year ago, on 1 September 2014. At that time, we felt hopeful that we were on the brink of a significant cultural shift. We questioned whether the transition would be smooth, whether there would be much...

A parent's guide to the Special Educational Needs reforms

Head of SEN Solicitor team at Boyes Turner  Laxmi Patel  has written a parent’s guide to the Special Educational Needs reforms which appears in this month’s Families West magazine which you can read  here . The article focuses...

West Berkshire slashes support for kids it recognises as disadvantaged

The Inclusion Manager at Reading Borough Council, Chris Stevens, has set out that too many children with  special educational needs (SEN)  in Reading are facing exclusion or are missing education. This follows the announcement that West Berkshire...

What you should know before starting SEN mediation

Parents are increasingly concerned about the new system of mediation that has been introduced by the Children and Families Act 2014. For our detailed fact sheet about mediation, click  here . The  Children and Families Act 2014...
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