FLSE Newsletter – December 2016


Thank you for your continued support to FLSE. You will have read in previous newsletters that the AGM was due to take place on 7th December. Unfortunately the meeting was not quorate and therefore the AGM did not go ahead. We are looking at alternative dates in February. All members are invited to the AGM and I hope some of you will be able to attend. I will let you have the date as soon as possible.

Early years funding: changes to funding for 3- and 4-year-olds

The DfE have recently published their response to the consultation on Early Years Funding. This includes information about local authorities having to establish SEN inclusion funds for three and four-year olds in their local funding system from April 2017.

School Commissioning for SEND: new models, limits and possibilities – SEN Policy Research Forum: Policy paper – January 2016

An early review of the new SEND Policy and legislation: Where are we now – SEN Policy Research Forum: Policy Paper – June 2016

The SEN Policy Research Forum contributes intelligent analysis and uses knowledge and experience to promote the development of policy and practice for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

These two policy papers from 2016 can be found at http://blogs.exeter.ac.uk/sen-policyforum/

Ofsted and CQC Local Area Inspections

This term Ofsted and CQC have released 8 outcome letters following their Local Area Inspections. These are for:

  • Bexley
  • Surrey
  • Plymouth
  • North Yorkshire
  • Herefordshire
  • Rochdale
  • Stoke
  • Hertfordshire

These letters set out the strengths and areas for development for each local area in regard to their implementation of SEND reforms. Rochdale and Surrey have both been required to produce a Written Statement of Action because of significant areas of weakness in their local area’s practice.



 Ofsted’s Annual Report includes information on SEND

Sir Michael Wilshaw produced his final report as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector.


UK Government responds to petition on SEN budgets and the need for them to be ring fenced for children’s education not LA legal fees.

Children with SEN are routinely denied appropriate education and LA’s adopt a defensive stance. Cash is diverted to legal fees to defend against appeals. Parents report huge personal and financial losses in attempts to gain SEN provision. This is the response to the petition.