House of Commons Education Committee: Special educational needs and disabilities First Report of Session 2019–20

1 November 2019
Source: House of Commons Education Committee

Summary In 2014, Parliament legislated with the intention of transforming the educational experiences of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. The reforms were ambitious: the Children and Families Bill sought to place young people at the heart of the system. However, as we set out in this report, that ambition remains to be realised. Let down

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BBC News: ‘Unlawful practices and buck passing’ over special needs

23 October 2019
Source: BBC News

Parents seeking support for children with special educational needs face unlawful practices, buck passing and a “treacle of bureaucracy”, MPs say. The Commons Education Committee said the government had set councils up to fail by upping parents’ expectations while cutting council budgets overall. Already stretched families were being torn apart, its report said, as they fought for their children’s rights

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The Guardian: RNIB says schools are reducing specialist provision at a time when demand is growing

22 October 2019
Source: The Guardian

Thousands of children and young people with vision impairment (VI) are being failed because of a shortage of funds for specialist education services, research by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has found. Less than half (44%) of councils in England have either cut or frozen funding for educational support for VI children, putting specialist provision under significant

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Government Review into Support for Children and Young People with SEND

6 September 2019
Source: Council for disabled children

The government has today announced a major new review into support for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). The review is designed to improve services for disabled children and young people and their families. The review aims to evaluate the impact of these reforms, and to identify improvements. Too often disabled children and those with

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Local Government Chronicle: Ofsted: Special educational needs support ‘disjointed and variable’

5 December 2018
Source: Local Government Chronicle

Ofsted has criticised the numbers of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) not receiving adequate support and raised serious concerns over the number of vulnerable children being excluded from school. In her annual report today, Ofsted’s chief inspector of education and children’s services Amanda Spielman said the quality of support for children with SEND is “disjointed and variable”

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