Justine Greening appointed new Education Secretary

In the recent Government reshuffle, Justine Greening has replaced Nicky Morgan as the Minister in charge of an expanded Department For Education which now covers Apprenticeships, FE Colleges and Universities as well as Schools and Early Years. Encouragingly, given his considerable commitment to special educational needs and disabilities, Edward Timpson retains his position as the…

East Sussex proposes to end outreach for SLCN and ASD

Proposals currently under consultation would instead create a new centralised ASD and SLCN support service for children in mainstream schools delivered through CLASS (Communication, Learning and Autism Support Service). Parents and professionals working in East Sussex are encouraged to respond to the consultation – and please let us know your views. The closing date is…

New research reveals shortcomings in EHC Assessments and Plans

An informal survey carried out by Bren Prendergast, a parent, SEND advisor and specialist teacher, found that many Local Authorities are routinely failing to carry out EHC Needs Assessments correctly. Parents’ feedback about their EHC Needs Assessments and Plans demonstrated that in too many cases: Local Authorities failed to obtain all the required ‘advices’ (professional…

‘Cash shortage for special educational needs’ support

Schools in England are struggling to support the 1.1 million pupils with special needs or disabilities (SEND) in mainstream classrooms, a report says. A survey of 1,100 school leaders found delays to assessments, insufficient budgets and cuts to local authorities were hampering the ability to cope. The study by The Key, which provides leadership and…

Ministers Pledge to Improve the SEND System

Edward Timpson, the Education Minister responsible for SEN, and Jane Ellison his counterpart at the Department of Health, recently sent a written response to issues raised by the Co-Chairs of the National Network of Parent Carer Forum. Among other things, they pledge to Do more about SEND Support Explore ways of boosting CCGs’ (Clinical Commissioning…