New Parents’ Leaflet on Local Area SEND Inspections

The Department for Education has published an information leaflet for parents and families about the newly introduced Local Area SEND Inspections. The leaflet explains how Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) jointly inspect local areas to see how effectively they fulfil their responsibilities for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities….

‘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…

Improving the EHC Process

Recent research into parents’ experience of the new SEND system has found that, overall, they are reasonably satisfied and like the underlying philosophy behind the reforms but feel they lack sufficient information to participate fully. The research, which was commissioned by the Department for Education, also identified a number of recurring problems including: Inadequate health…

How to identify and support children with speech and language difficulties

This useful book (published by LDA) incorporates the Afasic Checklists for children aged 4-10.  These checklists are easy to use tests for use by the non-specialist teacher to help spot a child with difficulties and show what signs to look out for. Jane Speake offers a straightforward guide to identifying the primary school children affected…