FLSE News Update – July 2017

 

New Minister of State for Children and Families

The new Minister of State for Children and Families has been confirmed as Robert Goodwill MP. His portfolio will cover Children’s Social Care, Early Years and Childcare, Opportunity areas and Social Mobility and SEND. He will also be responsible for Safeguarding in Schools, Pupil Premium, School Sport and cadets. You can find a full list of the DfE ministerial team towards the bottom of the following link.

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-education

 

What maintained schools must publish online?

This is update information that schools maintained by their local authorities must publish on their websites.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/what-maintained-schools-must-publish-online

 

What academies, free schools and colleges must publish online?

The updated information that all types of academies, free schools and 16 to 19 colleges should publish on their websites.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/what-academies-free-schools-and-colleges-should-publish-online

School Inspection Update – Message to inspectors from the national Director of Education, Ofsted – July 2017

This is the latest update for inspectors and stakeholders containing information and guidance about Ofsted’s inspection work in schools.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-inspection-newsletter-academic-year-2016-to-2017

 

Ofsted/CQC Local Area Inspections

At the time of writing 30 local area inspections have been completed and outcome letters produced. 8 of these local areas had been required to produce a Written Statement of Action because of the significant areas of weakness in the local area’s practice. More information can be found on the Ofsted website.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/local-area-send-inspection-outcome-letters

 

P Scales: attainment targets for pupils with SEN – DfE – June 2017

On 2nd June the DfE published an updated copy of the statutory guidance about the use of P Scales. This caused a great deal of confusion as the consultation on the Rochford Review and the recommendation to remove P Scales was still open at that point.

The only change that was made from the 2014 guidance was  a reference to pre-key stage standards in a footnote on page 3.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/p-scales-attainment-targets-for-pupils-with-sen

 

0-25 SEND Unit July Newsletter – DfE – July 2017

The latest issue of the DfE SEND Unit newsletter is now available. It covers the following topics:

  • A message from Robert Goodwill MP, Minister of State for Children and Families
  • Funding for SEND support in 2017-18
  • Finalising Transfer Reviews for existing Statements of SEN by 1 April 2018 – monthly information gathering surveys
  • The Rochford Review and Primary assessment in England: consultations now closed
  • Publication of recent reports
  • SEN funding for refugee children resettled under certain government programmes
  • The Right Place – Royal Mencap Society
  • SEND Youth Justice Project – Achievement for All
  • Local Authority workshops on supporting children and young people’s speech

language and communication (SLC)

Do you have experience working with children and young people who speak English as an additional language (EAL)?

New resources available

https://councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/help-resources/resources/department-education-send-newsletters

 

Ofsted/CQC Local Area Inspections

At the time of writing 30 local area inspections have been completed and outcome letters produced. 8 of these local areas had been required to produce a Written Statement of Action because of the significant areas of weakness in the local area’s practice. More information can be found on the Ofsted website.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/local-area-send-inspection-outcome-letters

 

Statements of SEN and EHC plans: England, 2017 – DfE Statistical Information – May 2017

The latest statistics and analysis on statements of special educational needs (SEN) and education, health and care (EHC) plans in England was published on 27th May 2017. The key messages from this document is:

  • 12% increase (30,975) in the number of children and young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or statement of SEN
  • At January 2017 only 19 LAs are currently on track to meet the April 2018 deadline (120,000 statements still to transfer)
  • Pupils with statement/EHCP are educated in mainstream settings (44.8%) – special schools (42.5%) – alternative provision (0.8%) – further education (11.5%)
  • 4,600 more went to a special school in 2016
  • 14,795 initial requests for an EHC needs assessment that were refused
  • 10,654 children and young people assessed but no decision made
  • 4050 “awaiting provision”
  • 1886 families went to mediation
  • 477 went on to tribunal
  • 6442 families and young people received personal budgets

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/statements-of-sen-and-ehc-plans-england-2017

 

The Special Educational Needs in Secondary Education (SENSE) Study – Rob Webster and Peter Blatchford – UCL Institute of Education, London. June 2017

This is the final report from a study of the teaching and support experienced by pupils with statements and EHC Plans in mainstream and special schools. The study builds on the Making a Statement (MAST) study which collected data on the educational experiences of primary pupils.

http://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/sites/default/files/files/SENSE%20FINAL%20REPORT.pdf

 

The Teaching Assistant Deployment Review Guide – Whole School SEND – June 2017

The Teaching Assistant Deployment Review Guide is a framework to evaluate and improve the deployment of TAs within a school. It is based on the SEND Review Guide and it can be used by all schools to evaluate and improve the deployment of their TAs, and is most powerful when used as part of a programme of school to school support.

http://tareview.com/