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On the 2nd July, The Education secretary, Gavin Williamson, announced the government’s plans for the full re-opening of schools in September.
The publication provides data from the January 2020 school censuses on pupils with special educational needs (SEN).
On 29th June, the Secretary of State issued a notice to extend the temporary changes to the law on what provision has to be made currently for children and young people with Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans. The temporary changes to the law have been in force since 1 May and are now extended to 31 July.
The current schools admissions code means that some schools are able to reject pupils with SEND, as places can be refused on the basis of ‘challenging behaviour’, even when such behaviours may be attributable to pupils’ SEND. There have been concerns around the numbers of children and young people with SEND without a school place, and it is hoped that the proposed changes will help to ameliorate this.
In April 2018, the Department for Education began a national trial to extend the powers of the SEND Tribunal to hear appeals, and make non-binding decisions about, health and social care aspects of Education, Health and Care plans.
We are delighted to announce a new book as part of the nasen Spotlight series – The School Handbook for Dual and Multiple Exceptionality.
Emerging Minds, a research network that aims to reduce the prevalence of mental health problems experienced by children and young people, are conducting a variety of research on how families are coping during COVID -19, pandemic, what is helping them, and what they need.
The temporary changes brought in from 1st May for one month have been extended until 30th June. The Department for Education will keep this under review and there may be a further extension if necessary.
UPDATE: Questions that have been submitted for the tender have now been answered. nasen (National Association for Special Educational Needs) is the leading membership charity organisation supporting all education practitioners who work with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
A new (NI based) SEND Advisory Group was formed in October 2018. The group consists of a range of educational professionals, all with a passion for supporting children and young people with SEND. The members of the group come from a range of different backgrounds with a wealth of knowledge, skills, and experiences to support the work of nasen.
Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and National Association for Special Educational Needs (nasen) are recruiting 160 secondary schools for a trial of the Whole School SEND Review.
The index enables you to find out where your Local Authority ranks in their tables.
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The British Dyslexia Association has published the report of the All Party Parliamentary Group into dyslexia, the 'Educational Cost of Dyslexia'.
The House of Commons Education Committee has published its first report of session 2019/20, ‘Special educational needs and disabilities’. The strongly worded report is damning to say the least, both in terms of its language and its findings. For example, it says of the system that ‘parents and carers have to wade through a treacle of bureaucracy’ and with regard to children and young people themselves, ‘this generation is being let down’.
One year on from the National SENCo Workload Survey - we want to ensure that future projects remain focused on the needs of the SENCOs and the schools that they work in. Please complete this quick survey.
In June the Department for Education (DfE) published, jointly with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), non-statutory guidance on reducing restraint and restrictive intervention in health and social care services and special education settings. They are consulting on whether there is a need for similar guidance for mainstream settings.
An additional £350 million has been announced by Damian Hinds to support children with complex needs and disabilities. This funding will provide specialist support and tailored facilities, including the creation of specialist places and facilities.
Would you like to achieve an accredited Early Years SENCO Award which is completely free in selected areas across England? Do you work in a Private, Voluntary or Independent Early Years setting? Would you like to develop your confidence and knowledge about effective SEND provision for the children in your care? We have an amazing opportunity for you!
The Government have announced an extension of the review of its autism strategy to cover children and young people, as well as adults. The review will inform the new joint adults and children autism strategy to be published in autumn 2019.
Final Report Released on Work Experience and Vocational/Technical Provision for Young People on SEN Support: A Rapid Evidence Assessment
The Department for Education have released a final report on work experience for young people on SEN support.
The Whole School SEND Consortium is delighted to announce the launch of four new projects, as part of their work to support all education professionals to deliver high quality SEND provision with confidence. The new projects aim to increase the confidence and skills of a wide range of education professionals – including those new to the classroom, SENCos and senior leaders.
Today, nasen has launched ‘Dual and Multiple Exceptionality (DME), The Current State of Play’, an independent report which looks at the recognition, identification and support of DME in schools across England.
**Research conducted by Bath Spa University, in collaboration with nasen and NEU, finds nearly three-quarters (74%) of SENCOs do not have enough time to support SEND students** **National SENCO Workload Survey recommends SENCOs have minimum 1.5 days per week dedicated to SEND provision** **Almost a third of SENCOs (30%) say they will leave the profession within five years, half of which cite heavy workload as the primary reason**
Pupils with multiple and complex needs will be assessed using a new ‘aspects of engagement’ approach.
nasen and ICAN are working together on a DfE-funded project to offer free one-day professional development courses for leaders and managers in private, voluntary and independent Early Years settings.
nasen secures funding to provide significant support on SEND to early years settings and local authorities
nasen is to receive £1.4 million from the Department for Education as part of their recent success in a bid to improve access and inclusion in early years.