FLSE News Update March 2018


School Funding in England Since 2010 – What the key Evidence Tells Us – NFER – January 2018

This report presents the findings from a review of key evidence documents on how recent changes to school funding have impacted on school spending in England. The review appraises literature published from 2010 onwards to examine how funding levels have changed overtime, how what funds are actually spent on has changed, and how educational outcomes appear to vary with expenditure. Within this there is a focus on how disadvantage pupils and schools with high proportions of disadvantaged pupils have been effected.


Access to Special Schools – Education Policy Institute – March 2018

Over the last 18 months the Education Policy Institute has analysed the extent to which pupils have ‘access’ to certain schools, ‘access’ was defined by looking at whether a pupil lives within a reasonable travel distance to a given school. This analysis shows that pupils in special schools are travelling further than their peers in mainstream schools.


SEND, Alternative Provision and Attendance Unit Newsletter – DfE – March 2018

This latest edition of the DfE SEND newsletter includes:

  • Information about the transfer deadline of 31 March 2018
  • SEND funding updates
  • Headline results from recent local authority and parent carer forum surveys
  • Update on Dame Christine Lenehan and Mark Geraghty’s review of residential special schools and colleges
  • SEND single route of redress national trial – regulations
  • A review of teaching of relationships and sex education.


School Inspection Update – Ofsted – March 2018

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



 Ofsted/CQC Local area SEND Implementation inspections

Currently Ofsted and CQC have carried out 49 local area inspections and have determined that 20 local areas must provide a written statement of action because of significant areas of weakness in the local area’s practice.

At least 6 more inspections were due to take place this term.  It is hoped that they will have completed 60 by May 2018 (two years after they first began the inspection process).

To find all the Local Area reports visit: https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/resources/local-authority-school-improvement-arrangements-inspections-and-focused-school-inspections

Consultation on school exclusion practice in England

Damien Hinds, Secretary of State for Education recently appointed Edward Timpson CBE to undertake a review of school exclusions to better understand inequalities that exist in the system.

Evidence shows children educated in alternative provision, school settings for children who face challenges in mainstream school, are less likely to achieve good GCSE grades and are less likely to be in education, employment or training post-16. Previous analysis also shows that children excluded from school are more likely to end up in the criminal justice system. This review aims to tackle those inequalities.

For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-action-to-improve-outcomes-for-children-with-additional-needs

If you would like to share your views please complete the on-line survey: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/school-exclusions-review-call-for-evidence

The closing date for the consultation is 6th May 2018.

Extended powers SEND tribunal: national trial

A 2-year national trial begins on 3 April 2018 to extend the power of the special educational needs and disability (SEND) tribunal. As part of a special educational appeal, the SEND tribunal will be able to make non-binding recommendations on the health and social care aspects of Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans.


House of Commons Briefing Paper – The Pupil Premium – December 2017

This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper provides an overview of policy on the Pupil Premium since its introduction in 2011, including funding levels, eligibility criteria, and accountability.



Independent special schools and colleges – DfE – March 2018

The updated list of all independent schools and colleges for children with special educational needs or disability (SEND), including:

  • schools and colleges approved under section 41 of the Children and Families Act 2014 in England and Wales
  • independent special schools in England, including non-maintained special schools (NMSS)

The list includes those approved under section 41 of the Children and Families Act


Future Events

GL Assessment’s SEN Conference – 24th April 2018 – London


NAPLIC Conference and AGM – 28th April – Birmingham


ONECPD Special Educational Needs and Disability Conference – 16th May – Birmingham


The Autism Show – 15th & 16th June – London, 22nd & 23rd June – Birmingham, 29th & 30th June Manchester


The SEND Conference – Inside Government – 21st June – London

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SEMH: Theory into Practice – ENGAGE & SEBDA – 5th & 6th July – Newport


nasen Live – 6th July – Birmingham


TES SEN Show – 5th & 6th October – London