Special Education Needs News


New SEND Pilot Regulations - imminent changes ahead

Changes to SEND Tribunal appeals Following on from our news story in October 2017 when the Minister of State for Children and Families, Robert Goodwill, announced the expansion of powers of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal, we are...

Changing school and the 15 February deadline

If your child has special educational needs (SEN), then 15 February has significant meaning – this is the date by when the local authority (LA) must issue a new Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or Statement of SEN for children who are moving on...

Are we nearly there yet?

Full transition to EHCPs to be completed by 31 March 2018

Local Authorities are under a statutory duty to transfer all children and young adults with Statements of Special Educational Needs (SEN) who are eligible for an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) to the new SEND system by 31 March 2018. The transition process should involve detailed assessments (in most cases), a meeting with parents, professionals and the Local Authority (LA) and drafting a new Plan. The process should take no more than 20 weeks. We are now 10 weeks away from the deadline – are LAs nearly there yet?

SEN law update from leading legal professionals - 28 September 2017

To book your place at this event please  click here . This event is for case managers, independent therapists, schools and professionals advising young people and parents of children with special educational needs. It will provide information on the...

Amendments to EHCP not restricted to Sections B, F and I

LB of Hillingdon v SS and Others (SEN): [2017] UKUK 250 (AAC) A recent appeal to the Upper Tribunal (UT) sets out that the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) can make amendments to an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) other than those in Sections B, F and I....

Education for children following an acquired brain injury

When a child acquires a brain injury, they can present with a wide range of alterations in physical function, cognition, communication, social, emotion and behaviour regulation. The nature and severity of injury may also result in ongoing medical...

DfE statistics on the Special Educational Needs and Disability reforms - could do better?

The Department for Education (DfE) has released its 2016-2017 statistics looking at special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) (25 May 2017). The statistics include information on the progress of transferring Statements of SEN (SSENs) and learning...

Labour's manifesto for disabled people: Replacing the EHCP

Wading through the “sound bites” of election manifestos and general press coverage, there was one that caught my eye in particular. Labour released details of their separate mini manifesto specifically on disability policy,  “Nothing...

Education, Health and Care Plans for young people aged 19-25

Requesting an Education, Health and Care Needs assessment Young people who have Special Educational Needs (SEN) but do not have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) have the right to request an assessment of their SEN at any point before their 25th...

New SEN partner part of swathe of promotions at Boyes Turner

Laxmi  joined the firm in 2014 to establish a Special Educational Needs team at Boyes Turner, a welcome addition to the Claims group. The medical negligence, court of protection and now special educational needs teams all work to support babies and...
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