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7 October 2019 Is the SEND system working?

A recent report from the Local Government Ombudsman has highlighted significant concerns with the operation of the SEND system which is resulting in 87% of parental complaints against local authorities on SEND being upheld by the Ombudsman.

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3 May 2019 Next steps for SEN funding

The Secretary of State for Education is reportedly announcing a call for evidence on the issue of SEN funding today.

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15 April 2019 Challenges to SEND funding

A recent High Court decision has confirmed that the use of funding bands to allocate funding to children with Education Health & Care Plans is not unlawful and is sufficient to meet the duties placed on local authorities to secure special educational provision set out in such a plan.

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15 April 2019 SEND funding not matching demand

Recent reports from the National Education Union conference have reinforced the current issues arising out of funding the support that children with SEND require.

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1 April 2019 PRU and exclusion surge continues

Latest figures show that the number of primary aged pupils in PRUs has seen a sharp increase.

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10 November 2017 Is inclusion working?

A report by a SEN charity has suggested that pupils with SEN are being pushed out of mainstream education and into special schools.

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7 November 2017 Adversarial relationship between councils and residential special schools harming school pupils?

A report commissioned by the Department for Education (DfE) has warned of a “striking level of mistrust” between residential special schools and councils.

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19 October 2017 Unofficial exclusions for SEND pupils

A newly published Ofsted report on special educational needs and disability (SEND) inspections has found that an “alarming number” of parents have said that schools have asked them to take their children home as a way of coping with their needs.

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6 October 2016 Remember, remember the stakeholder member…

In examining what effective accountability looks like, Browne Jacobson’s report on the future of our school system (published this week) has highlighted the importance of local communities.

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2 September 2016 Further concerns regarding SEN reforms

A recent survey by the Association of Educational Psychologists has reported that the timescales for full implementation of the new SEND framework may miss the deadline of April 2018.

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