Dept for Education & Dept of Health - Latest News

Department for Education  & Department of Health 

The Dept for Education & Dept of Health produce a huge number of publications, letters and information leaflets. Those that relate specifically to the SEND reforms, the Chlldren and Families Act (2014), the SEN Code of Practice and other matters relating to SEND provision, policy and practice for children and young people, will be added on the site here (and may also be reproduced elsewhere on the site).

October 2017

Ofsted & Care Quality Commission
Local Area SEND Inspections - One Year On
Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission inspect how well local areas fulfill their 'Special educational needs and disability code of practice' duties.


September 2017

Ofsted Strategy 2017 - 2022
Ofsted sets out its corporate strategy with a summary of its core values, strategic approaches, areas of work and evaluation metrics.
Published 29 September 2017. 

The Local Offer was invited to take part in a stakeholder engagement webinar with the Dept of Health & Dept for Education on the Green Paper for Children & Young People's Mental Health. With permission, the following Power-point briefing paper for the webinar is being shared here. 

Dept of Health & Dept for Education - Green Paper Briefing Notes - Children & Young People's Mental Health
12 September 2017 

July 2017 

Special Educational Needs support in schools & colleges
Research on how mainstream schools and colleges provide SEN support.
Published 19 July 2017. 

Dept for Education - Applications open to create 1,600 new special free school places
More than 1,600 new special free school places will be created across England as 19 local authorities invite applications to run new special free schools.

27 July 2017 

March 2017

SEND: Review of arrangements for disagreement resolution
29 March 2017 

Education, health and care plans: parents and young people's survey
29 March 2017

Local Area SEND Inspection Outcomes Letters
Last update 27 March 2017 
New funding boost for pupils with SEND
4th March 2017
A £215 million funding boost to transform the lives of thousands of children with special educational needs and disabilities, by increasing school capacity and making it easier for them to access good school places, has today (4 March 2017) been announced by Edward Timpson, Minister for Vulnerable Children and Families. Every local council’s allocation is at least £500,000 to enable them to expand and improve their special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) provision, with more than half receiving at least £1 million. Councils will be free to invest the funding as they see fit to help children and young people with education, health and care plans to get a high-quality education.
Preparing for Adulthood
New resources published in partnership with the Dept for Education 

February 2017

Preparing for Adulthood
New resources publised in partnership with the Dept for Education
Guidance for Local Authorities on eligibility for EHC plans for 19 - 25 year olds
An outcomes tool to support the development of outcomes in EHC plans across the age ranges 

November 2016 

Local Area SEND Inspection Outcome Letters for - Bexley, Bolton, Brighton & Hove, Enfield, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Hertfordshire, North Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Plymouth, Rochdale, Stoke, Surrey
Ofsted and Care Quality Commission
Published 9th November 2016

Local Area SEND Inspection Framework
Ofsted and Care Quality Commission
First published - 27 April 2016 

September 2016 

Mental health and well-being of looked after children: government's response to the Committee's 4th session of 2015 - 2016
Dept of Health and Dept for Education
Published 13th September 2016

May 2016

Special Educational Needs: An analysis and summary of data sources
Published 27th May 2016.

April 2016

Local area SEND inspections - guidance for inspectors 
Published 27th April 2016 


March 2016

High Needs Funding Reform - Consultation 
7th March - 17th April 2016

We are seeking views on proposed improvements to the way that high needs funding is distributed, and other ways we can support the administration of funding for pupils and students with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities, and for those who are in alternative provision (AP).

January 2016

SEN Statistics: Absences and Exclusions, Additional Analysis
Absences and exclusions - additional analysis 
SEN absences and exclusions - national and local authority tables 

£80 million to boost support for special educationa needs
29th January 2016

Minister Edward Timpson announces £80 million to extend opportunities to children with special educational needs and disabilities.

A multi-million pound package ensuring thousands of children with special educational needs and disability (SEND) have the same opportunities as any other child has been announced today (29 January 2016).


Timelines for schools - mandatory and useful information
8th January

November 2015 

SEN: Analysis and Summary of Data Sources
4th November 2015

Research and Analysis - Supporting the Attainment of Disadvantage Pupils 
5th November 2015

Research and Analysis - Factors Associated with Attainment - Key Stage 2 & 4  
5th November 2015

Children Looked After by Local Authorities Return 2015 - 2016 - guide 
6 November 2015

October 2015

Children in Need Census 2015 - 2016: Guide for Local Authorities 

Research Reports: Templates and Guide
The template and style guide that contractors writing research reports for the Dept for Education should use.

2016: Key Stage 1 - Assessment and Reporting Arrangements (ARA)  

2016: Key Stage 2 - Assessment and Reporting Arrangements (ARA) 

September 2015

The Children's Partnership have published a report for commissioners and charities - 
Social Value and Commissioning Toolkit - A guide for charities on social value and commissioning produced for the Children's Partnership - 2015
Every Disabled Child Matters
Short Breaks in 2015 - An Uncertain Future 

Timelines for Schools: Mandatory and Useful Information 

Preventing extremism in the eductation and children's services sector 

Ofsted: Early Years Self Evaluation Form - for Provisions on the Early Years Register 

August 2015

SEND: Managing Changes to Legislation from September 2014
Transition to the new 0 - 25 special educational needs and disability system - applies from 1st September 2015
Released by Dept for Education on 27 August 2015

Council for Disabled Children - Independent Support
The CDC have published a series of case studies from participants supported by Independent Support, funded by the Dept for Education
Case studies from the Independent Support Programme 

Special Educational Needs Survey: guide to submitting data

July 2015 

SEND Pathfinder Programme - Final Report 
Updated 30th July 2015 - Report in full (238 pages) and in brief (8 pages).

Permanent and fixed-period exclusions in England: from 2013 - 2014
Updated 30th July 2015

Statements of SEN & EHC Plans
Updated 31st July 2015
Statistics and analysis on statements of special educational needs and education, health and care plans in England 

Funding for Children & Young People with SEND
SEND Funding Longer Term Changes - Summary of Responses - 21st July 2015

Special Needs Expert to Head New Assessment Review 
The executive headteacher of a leading special needs school will oversee a new review into how to assess accurately pupils with lower attainment, Schools Minister Nick Gibb announced today (13 July 2015).

It is estimated that there are more than 50,000 pupils whose ability falls below the standard required to take national curriculum tests. The review will consider how best to assess the attainment and progress of this group of pupils so that parents know how their children are doing and schools can be given appropriate credit for the work they do to support their pupils.

Diane Rochford, Executive Headteacher of the John F. Kennedy School in east London, will work with a group of experts with backgrounds in assessment and working with SEND and disadvantaged children. They will consult widely with heads and teachers to find a solution for a comprehensive statutory assessment for these pupils.

0 - 25 Special Educational Needs & Disability Unit - July 2015 Newsletter
Via Council for Disabled Children, 15th July 2015

May 2015

Statistics & Analysis on Statements of SEN & Education, Health & Care Plans in England
21st May 2015

Main text SFR14/2015
Main tables SFR14/2015
Methodology document SFR14/2015
Quality & Uses document SFR14/2015

Secretary of State Section 41 Approved List
Section 41 of the act allows the Secretary of State, by order, to publish a list of approved independent special institutions (independent special schools – England and Wales and special post-16 institutions) for the purposes of satisfying Section 38 (Preparation of an Education, Health and Care plan by local authorities) of the act. Institutions can only be included on the list with their consent.

The next application window for the list for independent special schools and special post-16 institutions opens on 8 May 2015 and closes on 19 June 2015. Guidance and supporting information will be available by 8 May.

2010 - 2015 Government Policy - Special Educational Needs & Disability
Updated 7 May 2015

2010 - 2015 Government Policy - Children Outside of Mainstream Education 
Updated 7 May 2015

April 2015

Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Pracitce: 0 - 25 years
Statutory guidance for organisations which work with and support children and young people who have special educational needs or disabilities 
January 2015 - Valid from 1st April 2015.

March 2015

Nick Gibb - The Importance of Phonics - Transcript of Speech given to the Reading Reform Foundation Conference, 28th March 2015.

Working together to safeguard children, March 2015

February 2015
Extra funding to be given to Counclls to help them prepare for the introduction of the Early Years Premium. 
13th February 2015.
Improving the Quality and Range of Education and Childcare from Birth to Five Years - the Early Years Pupil Premium 

School Exclusion 
Exclusion from maintained schools, Academies and pupil referral units in England, updated 10 February 2015


January 2015

Early Years Pupil Premium - 30th January 2015 
Latest updates from the Dept for Education on funding and timescales for the introduction of the Early Years Pupil Premium from April 2015.

Funding for children and young people with special educational needs

Call for Evidence Consultation - SEND Funding - Longer Term Changes 
Consultation closes on Friday 27th February @ 5.00pm. 

Listening to and Involving children and young people - Statutory Guidance - 16th January 2015
Listening to and involving children and young people

A series of updates for schools by category, including updates on 0 - 25 SEND Code of Practice, SEN Information Reports, transfer of pupils to SEN Support, record newly identified pupils not requiring EHC Plans as SEN support in the census, and more.

From today (7 January 2015) schools and organisations will be able to submit an online application to be recognised as a leader in character education through the 2015 DfE Character Awards.

Applicants should be able to prove their programme develops character traits, attributes and behaviours that underpin success in school and work, including:

August 2014

A series of information leaflets have been published for use in schools and with parents. 

What are the SEND Reforms?

The Local Offer for SEND Support

SEND Support Decisions


Education, Health and Care Plans 


Post-16: SEND Support Choices 


July 2014

Home to School Travel and Transport Guidance - Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities
July 2014 


Last update: 6th October 2015.