Calling all parents and carers in Newcastle upon Tyne

Newcastle upon Tyne is currently reviewing Speech and Language Therapy Services for children and young people.  The city council and clinical commissioning groups are working together on the review.  The views of parents and carers are vital. If you live in Newcastle and care for a child who needs speech and language therapy, or has…

Good Practice in writing EHC Plans

In a letter to local authorities about the format and wording of EHC Plans, senior officials at the Department for Education reiterate that: special educational provision should be detailed, specific and normally quantified vague phrases such as regular, access to and opportunities for should be avoided speech and language therapy should normally be recorded as…

Changes to the Qualifying Criteria for DSA

Under new rules, Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) awards for the academic year 2014/15 onwards will be restricted to applicants meeting the 2010 Equality Act definition of disability. This stipulates that the person in question should have a ‘long-term’ physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ impact on their ability to carry out ‘normal everyday…