SEND Guidance

 

What are the '7 aspects of engagement'? New statutory assessment on the horizon

Pupils working below the standard of the national curriculum assessments are currently assessed using P scales 1 to 4. On 22 November 2018 the Department for Education (DfE) announced its plans to replace existing P scales 1 to 4 with a new statutory...

Amputation & special educational needs - What can be done to help?

A child or young person can face the trauma of amputation in a myriad of circumstances, be it from the treatment of meningitis or cancer, or as a result of an accident or injury. However, whatever the cause of injury, the recovery and rehabilitation of a...

SEND in Wales - all change!

SEND law is changing is Wales. The changes were proposed back in April 2016. You can read our views at that time here . The Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill was eventually passed by the National Assembly for Wales on 12...

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...
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