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Department for Education 0-25 Special Educational Needs and Disability Unit – February Newsletter

In this month’s newsletter you will find information about:

  • SEND Funding 2016 -17
  • Implementation Update
  • Accountability – Ofsted/CQC update on SEN inspections
  • Interim arrangements for statutory assessment of pupils working below the standards of national curriculum tests
  • Update on entry criteria for students awaiting GCSE results
  • High needs funding for young offenders in custody
  • Applications for the special schools and alternative provision categories in the Pupil Premium Awards 2016
  • Latest resources
  • Training opportunities

House of Commons Library Briefing Paper Special Educational Needs: Support in England – February 2016

The House of Commons library research service provides MPs and other staff with the impartial briefing and evidence base they need to do their work in scrutinising Government, proposing legislation and supporting constituents.  This latest briefing paper gives an overview of the previous SEN system, the reformed system from September 2014 and current research on the effectiveness of the reformed system.

Special Educational Needs and their links to poverty – Joseph Rowntree Foundation & LKMco- February 2016

Across the UK, children with SEND are more likely to experience poverty than others. They are also less likely to experience a fulfilling education or leave school with outcomes that reduce the chances of living in poverty as adults. As such, SEND can be a result of poverty as well as a cause of poverty. This report examines the links between SEND and poverty in the UK.

SEND: guide for health professionals – Department for Education – Revised February 2016

This is the revised guidance for health professionals on the support system for children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND). Originally published in September 2014 it has been updated to include information on managing transitions of young people to adult services and added a template letter for clinicians to send to GPs about patients with learning disabilities.

Five things you need to know about changes to primary assessment – Department for Education – February 2016

This article offers an overview of the changes to primary teacher assessment for summer 2016.

Counselling in schools – Department for Education – February 2016

This is revised departmental advice for schools about setting up and improving counselling services for pupils. Originally published in March 2015 this advice has been updated to include new resources and guidance, including an additional section on vulnerable children in the section ‘Counselling in practice’.

Non-maintained special schools: intervention and accountability – Department for Education – February 2016

This guidance for non-maintained special schools (NMSS), including children’s homes registered as special schools outlines how and why the Department for Education will intervene if a NMSS is underperforming or failing, including:

  • failure to meet national minimum standards
  • inadequate residential provision
  • inadequate financial health

Education and Adoption Bill

On 23rd February the Education and Adoption Bill 2015 completed its passage through Parliament and will become law as soon as it receives Royal assent.

Among the bill’s provisions are:

  • that all ‘inadequate’ schools will be converted to sponsored academies
  • removal of the requirement for consultation from the academy conversion process in many circumstances
  • introduction of a new category of ‘coasting’ schools which will be ‘eligible for intervention’ by Regional Schools Commissioners

Year 7 catch-up premium: 2015 to 2016 allocations – Department for Education – February 2016

The document offers information about the year 7 catch-up premium allocation figures and conditions of grant for the 2015 to 2016 financial year. The allocations tables show £500 for each pupil in a state-funded school who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and/or mathematics at key stage 2. The final figures have been calculated using the 2015 key stage 2 data and the autumn 2015 school census data.

Ofsted inspections of schools

You can find all the relevant documents related to inspections listed in one place.

Maintained Schools:
Residential Special Schools:
Early Years and Childcare Providers:
Non-association Independent Schools:

Alternative provision: progress made, but more still to be done – Ofsted – February 2016

A new Ofsted finds that schools still need to do more to ensure both the quality of education and the safety of pupils in alternative provision. Alternative provision refers to education a pupil receives away from their school, arranged by local authorities or by the schools themselves.

Time for change – the challenge ahead – Acevo – February 2016

Since writing the original report and making recommendations following the abuses revealed by the Winterbourne View scandal, Sir Stephen Bubb has published a further report calling for the creation of a learning disability commissioner.

Disabled Children: A Legal Handbook 2nd edition: Steve Broach, Luke Clements and Janet Read

Disabled children: a legal handbook is an authoritative yet accessible guide to the legal rights of disabled children and their families in England and Wales. The authors expertly navigate the many, often overlapping, sources of law, explaining the difference between what public bodies must do to support disabled children and that which they may do.

The handbook aims to empower disabled children and their families through a greater understanding of their rights and entitlements. It is essential reading for the families of disabled children, their advocates and lawyers, voluntary and statutory sector advisers, commissioners, managers and lawyers working for public authorities, education, social and health care professionals, students and academics.

Each chapter has been adapted into a PDF for you to download for free from the Council for Disabled Children’s website.