Dept for Education & Dept of Health - Latest News
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).
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.
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.
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
SEND: Review of arrangements for disagreement resolution
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
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
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
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
Special Educational Needs: An analysis and summary of data sources
Published 27th May 2016.
Local area SEND inspections - guidance for inspectors
Published 27th April 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).
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.
SEN: Analysis and Summary of Data Sources
4th November 2015
Research and Analysis - Supporting the Attainment of Disadvantage Pupils
5th November 2015
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)
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
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
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).
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
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.
Nick Gibb - The Importance of Phonics - Transcript of Speech given to the Reading Reform Foundation Conference, 28th March 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
Exclusion from maintained schools, Academies and pupil referral units in England, updated 10 February 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.
A series of information leaflets have been published for use in schools and with parents.
Last update: 6th October 2015.