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).

May 2018

Children in need of help and protection: call for evidence
Consultation open until 11.45pm on 1st July 2018. 
Call for evidence on what works in improving outcomes for children in need 
Children in need are a legally defined group of children, assessed by social workers as needing help and protection as a result of risks to their development or health, or who are disabled.
Consultation details are available here on the Dept for Education Consultation Hub. 
Summer Born Children - Delayed Admission
Guidance about school admissions for children born in the Summer 

April 2018 

New funding for sports prosthetics for children with disabilities 
11 April 2018, Dept of Health & Social Care 

Home Education: Call for evidence and revised Dept for Education guidance
10 April 2018 

Strategic School Improvement Fund: Emergency Funding
In the event of an emergency, we will consider applications to the Strategic School Improvement Fund to support an individual school, as opposed to a group of schools, if the supported school meets the eligibility criteria for emergency funding

March 2018

New measures to support children with SEND
Dept for Education, 29th March 2018

Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi has also announced sponsors for 14 new special free schools across the country. The new schools will create more than 1,100 high-quality school places for children with multiple learning needs, including children with autism and mental health needs.

Bercow: Ten Years On
A report on the state of provision for children's speech, language and communication needs (SCLN) in England, 10 years after the Bercow Review looking at provision for children's SCLN. The report has been published by ICAN, the children's communication charity and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) 

February 2018

Dept of Health Green Paper on Children's Mental Health 
Mental Health Green Paper - What it Means To Us

Youtube video from a stakeholder engagement meeting with representatives from the Dept of Health & Education 
Look out for Heather Stack's contribution representing The Local Offer on the Green Paper! 

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