July 2016 Update

Schools, Pupils and their Characteristics – DfE – National Statistics – 28th June 2016

This document contains Information collected in the January 2016 school census, including the number of schools and pupils.

SEN data shows that the number of pupils classified with SEN has declined by 1% to 14.4% of pupils (1.22 million). This reduction is in the number of pupils who have SEN Support. Those with statements or EHC Plans has remained at 2.8% ( 237,000)


SEND Support for 2016/17

The DfE have recently awarded a series of contracts to provide information, advice and support to those affected by the SEND reforms.

Strategic Reform Partner  – Council for Disabled Children (CDC) will continue in this role

Support for Parent Carers – Contact a Family and the National Network of Parent Carer Forums will continue to shape local provision.

Independent Supporters – The DfE will continue to fund local Independent Support Teams to help families through the transition process. Local Independent Support teams can be found on the Independent Supporters website

Information, Advice and Support Services are hosted by each local authority to provide impartial and confidential advice. You can find out more about IASS National Network and search for local IASS by visiting the IASS Network website

Specialist Support Contracts 2016/17

The DfE have also confirmed funding for a number of support contracts in relation to implementation of SEND reforms.

Supporting Dyslexia – British Dyslexia Association (BDA)

Supporting Sensory Impairments – National Sensory Impairment Partnership (Natsip)

Supporting the participation of children and young people – Council for Disabled Children

Supporting SENCOs – Achievement for All (AfA)

Supporting young offenders with SEN – Achievement for All (AfA)

Supporting further education – Education and Training Foundation

Supporting Autism – Autism Education Trust (AET)

Supporting Schools – London Leadership Strategy (LLS)

Supporting speech, language and communication needs – The Communication Trust


Technical education overhaul unveiled by Skills Minister

 Skills Minister Nick Boles recently published the reforms to transformation of post-16 education with thousands of courses to be replaced with 15 straightforward routes into skilled employment. The skills plan proposes a new system where students who have finished their GCSEs will be able to choose from up to 15 routes providing a clear path to skilled employment.  The first routes will be available from 2019.

Those who are not ready to start an academic or technical option at the age of 16 will be able to opt for a specifically tailored, fully funded ‘transition year’ to equip themselves with the right knowledge and skills needed to move forward in their education.



Information for parents: Results from the 2016 national curriculum at the end of key stage 2


This leaflet is for parents with a child in year 6 at primary school. It explains the arrangements for the 2016 academic year, highlighting what parents need to know about the test results, as well as explaining how teacher assessment judgements work and the information they will receive from their child’s school.



Cerebral Palsy Guidance


Cerebral Palsy Guidance is a new website created to provide answers and assistance to parents of a child with cerebral palsy. Their goal is to reach as many members of the cerebral palsy community as possible, building up a network of support, as well as providing necessary assistance.



Jessie’s Fund

Jessie’s Fund is a UK charity helping children with additional and complex needs to communicate and express themselves through the use of music. We work with children in hospices, special schools and in other settings nationwide, giving them access to music-making and to music therapy.

Britta Koerber is the project manager and producer at Jessie’s Fund and she recently gave a talk at the FLSE NE Conference. She is really interested in engaging with special schools. If you are interested please contact Britta on britta@jessiesfund.org.uk

Dates for your diary

Monday 7th November – Every Child’s Progress Counts – FLSE North East

A day of high profile, thought provoking educational speakers who will challenge, motivate and enthuse.


Thursday 17th November 2016

The National SEND Forum is a group of 13 national organisations who come together to share SEND expertise from across their organisations. The Forum, facilitated by FLSE, will be holding their inaugural conference on Thursday 17th November at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) near Birmingham. The conference entitled – Galvanising SEND: The Power of Partnerships will bring together a wealth of expertise from each of the organisations to offer a day of inspiration and celebration from the SEND sector for the SEND sector. More information will be circulated in September