FLSE News Update April 2017

Mark Dale – Emberton takes over as Chair of FLSE

At the AGM held on 6th March, Barry Payne stepped down as Chair of FLSE and was succeeded by Mark Dale-Emberton. I would like to thank Barry for all that he has done to support FLSE during his time as Chair and am delighted that he will continue as Vice Chair for the foreseeable future.

Mark is the Principal of Charlton Park Academy in London.

Messages from Mark

  • The update from the Department is that all LA are on target to complete the transfer from Statements to EHCP by March 2018, and that legislation exists that any remaining statements by that time will automatically be transferred as is by that date. The department is monitoring all LA with monthly requirements to report progress. Support and conversations are happening wherever there may be local difficulties.
  • Given recent events, we particularly encourage all school leaders to very thoroughly check all of your safeguarding procedures on your website through the eyes of an inspector, as it would be so distressing for schools to ‘require improvement’ because eyes are not carefully on the ball. What is the culture of safeguarding in your schools? What does it look like and how do leaders keep it firmly on the agenda all of the time? What are the special risks in your community and how are you dealing with them? Have you all done this free training and have your staff? Prevent e-learning (Home Office package for schools) https://www.elearning.prevent.homeoffice.gov.uk
  • Keeping children safe in education and Ofsted’s role… https://educationinspection.blog.gov.uk/2017/01/18/keeping-children-safe-in-education-and-ofsteds-role/
  • Just to be clear…. It is the DfE’s statutory guidance that schools need to refer to. If a school’s safeguarding arrangements do not meet these requirements then at inspection we will judge them to be ineffective. This will lead to an overall inadequate judgement for the school.
  • Who checks your website? Currently approximately half of schools don’t meet all requirements and this is noted in pre-inspection analysis. Do all staff know the content of the most important policies and procedures? Have governors checked and is it as up to date as it MUST be……? https://www.gov.uk/guidance/what-maintained-schools-must-publish-online

Other matters from the AGM

  • The revised constitution was agreed by all FLSE representatives.

The following were appointed to serve on National Executive,

Mark Dale-Emberton                    Lorraine Petersen

Barry Payne                                      Sue Hewitt

Hugh Steele                                    David Bateson

Natalie Bambridge will continue as administrator and minute taker

Message from David Bateson – Chair of NSEND Forum

David has asked me to pass on some headline messages from the work being done by NSEND Forum which is facilitated by FLSE.

  • £215 million capital fund and Free school bids. FLSE and NSENDF were approached by the DfE to advise them. We have been in discussion with the department over the last year about ways of apportioning these funds and how LAs might work together strategically to make the most of the money. In February the Chair of NSENDF and the Senior Adviser from the DfE who attends NSENDF, Andre Imich, addressed more than 30 LAs about strategy, trends and places.
  • High Needs Funding. It is noted that, following our discussions, the HNF consultation now includes suggestions about outward-facing centres of expertise perhaps planned by a group of LAs.
  • MAT governance. It is also noted that MAT BoArds are now required to have a designated Trustee with knowledge and oversight of SEND.
  • National policy. Sir David Carter, National Schools Commissioner, approached NSENDF to attend a meeting. He did so in February and an open discussion about national policy, SEND issues and potential future solutions took place. Sir David said he would like to attend as often as possible and asked that we have a discussion with a colleague of his in relation to SEND and Opportunity Areas.
  • NSENDF membership. The Forum now has 18 members representing mainstream, maintained and independent providers and other organisations for specific disabilities, parental advocacy, unions and the world of purposeful adult life in the shape of the Shaw Trust.

Primary Assessment in England – Government Consultation – DfE

On 30th March Justine Greening announced a comprehensive consultation on all aspects of primary assessment including a baseline assessment, KS1 and KS2 SATS and teacher assessment. The consultation is open until 22nd June and I urge you all to respond.


For more information visit https://consult.education.gov.uk/assessment-policy-and-development/primary-assessment/


Primary School Pupil Assessment: Rochford Review Recommendations – Government Consultation – DfE

This consultation is about the future of statutory assessment arrangements for pupils working below the standard of national curriculum tests in England. It is concerned with statutory assessment at the end of KS1 and KS2. This consultation covers the recommendations of replacing P Scales with Pre-Key Stage Standards and introducing the seven areas of engagement for pupils not engaged in subject – specific learning.


For more information visit: https://consult.education.gov.uk/assessment-policy-and-development/rochford-review/


This is your chance to have your say and change the current assessment system. Use the on-line response forms to let your views be known.

If you would like to contribute to the FLSE response then please let Lorraine – info@flse.education have your comments by Friday 16th June alternatively you could complete the response form on the consultation area of the website – Login as normal to the website and go to “Community” → “Consultation”

 FLSE East Annual Conference – “Hearing the Voice of Special Education”

The eastern region conference will take place on 15/16 June at the Wyboston Lakes Executive Centre.

For the full programme and booking form visit the events page on the FLSE website https://flse.education/events/

10% Discount will be given to bookings paid by 28th April 2017

Nasen Awards 2017

Do you know someone who deserves recognition for their work in SEND? Then why not take the time to nominate them for a nasen 2017 award. To mark nasen’s 25th Birthday in style, they are hosting their very own SEND awards ceremony this autumn.

Nasen is delighted to have the opportunity to recognise and reward those people whose actions can make a real difference to people’s lives. Those shortlisted for an award, will be invited to the ceremony which is due to take place on the 19th October at the Museum of London.

These awards are open to ALL settings, including mainstream, special and alternative provision.

For more information about the various categories visit http://www.nasen.org.uk/about/awards/


The application for all nominations will close on Friday 30th June 2017.


Experiences of Education, Health and Care plans : A survey of parents and young people

The DfE recently published the results from their family survey on EHC process.  The Department for Education commissioned a survey of parents and young people with an EHC plan, in order to build a representative national (and, where the data allows, local) picture of how parents and young people in England were experiencing the EHC needs assessment and planning process and the resultant EHC plans. The aim was to assess whether delivery of the EHC needs assessments and planning process and the resultant EHC plans reflected the intentions set out in the Children and Families Act 2014 and the accompanying SEND Code of Practice.

To read the full survey visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/education-health-and-care-plans-parents-and-young-people-survey

The Supporting the Achievement of Hearing Impaired Children in Special Schools Video – NatSIP

As part of the NatSIP/NDCS project with DfE, a new video has been produced about children and young people with hearing impairment and additional learning needs in a special school