SEND Guidance

 

Expanding the powers of the SEND First-tier Tribunal

On 26 October 2017 the Minister of State for Children and Families, Robert Goodwill, announced the expansion of powers of the SEND First-tier Tribunal (FTT). The changes will enable judges to make non-binding recommendations on the health and social care...

House of Commons Briefing on the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Reforms

The House of Commons Library briefing published on 10 November 2016 sets out information on the impact of the changes for children with special educational needs and disabilities brought about by the Children and Families Act 2014. For those who want to...

Great Scott! Another SEND review report...

Lee Scott was asked in March 2016 by the previous Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, to look into the special educational needs and disability (SEND) changes brought about by the Children and Families Act 2014. Mr Scott was the former Prime Minister’s...

Education and Adoption Bill to become law

The Department for Education (DfE) has  confirmed  that the Education and Adoption Bill has completed its journey through Parliament and will now be put forward for Royal Assent. This means that the Bill will shortly become the Education and...

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...

SEN expert evidence - Guidance from the Upper Tribunal

The Upper Tribunal has provided guidance on how the  Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal  should approach expert evidence when there is conflicting advice. The guidance for how expert evidence should be considered by the Special...

Transition to EHCP - does the LA have to conduct a full assessment of needs?

Yesterday, 26 March 2015, we attended Jordan’s annual Special Educational Needs Law and Practice conference. This conference is always well attended by professionals from local authorities and law firms. Obviously, the main discussion point was the...

Unlawful transition guidance

On  Wednesday  I wrote about an  Education, Health and Care Plan  (EHCP) I received on a case. I was concerned that the content of the EHCP was unlawful. I am awaiting a response from the relevant legal team about that and will post...

Home to school transport guidance

There is new statutory guidance for local authorities in the  Home To School Travel and Transport Guidance , July 2014. The main points are: No change to school transport legislation. The associated duties continue to rest with local...
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