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The SEND review: what needs to change?

2021-01-28T21:44:42+00:00January 27th, 2021|Categories: EHCP writing, Good practice, Local Authorities, News, SEND reforms|

Five years after the overhaul of the SEND system, the Department for Education (DfE) announced in 2019 a review into the successes and failings of the reforms. The SEND review aims to, among other things, assess how the system has evolved, look at how support can be improved and determine the driving force behind the rise [...]

EHCP Good Practice – 30% off in November!

2020-11-13T14:03:50+00:00November 13th, 2020|Categories: Good practice, Local Authorities, News, Schools, SEND reforms|

We have long been advocates of having a national EHC plan template EHC plans vary significantly from one Local Authority (LA) to another. An effective template – used consistently across the country - is a crucial step towards improving standards. However, an EHC plan can only be as good as the advice received during the assessment [...]

Continued Development for SEND Professionals

2021-01-28T21:44:42+00:00November 11th, 2020|Categories: EHCP training, News, SEND reforms|

This time last year we shared our response to the Education Select Committee SEND Inquiry report. One of the issues highlighted in the report that particularly resonated with us was the lack of standardised training available for frontline SEND professionals, particularly in light of the significant changes in policies and procedures since the reforms. Since then, [...]

Updated EHCP guidance for schools

2020-08-25T14:55:45+01:00August 25th, 2020|Categories: Good practice, News, Schools, SEND legislation, SEND reforms|

The updated 2020 edition of our EHCP Good Practice Resource Pack for Schools is now available! Our EHCP Good Practice Resource Pack for Schools provides information, guidance and examples of good practice to enable education staff involved in EHC plans to gain develop a better understanding of requirements and improve the quality and consistency of assessment [...]

Updated EHCP good practice guidance

2020-08-24T10:31:26+01:00July 13th, 2020|Categories: EHCP writing, Good practice, Local Authorities, News, SEND legislation, SEND reforms|

The updated 2020 edition of our EHCP Good Practice Resource Pack for LAs is now available! Our EHCP Good Practice Resource Pack for LAs provides guidance, analysis and resources to enable SEND staff to gain a national perspective of EHC plans, develop their understanding, and improve the quality and consistency of plans and professional assessment advice. [...]

Local Area SEND Inspections: Latest issues and successes

2021-01-28T21:44:45+00:00March 9th, 2020|Categories: Good practice, Local Area inspections, Local Authorities, News, SEND reforms|

With the initial programme of Ofsted/CQC Local Area SEND inspections not yet completed, and the addition of re-visits to local areas required to submit a Written Statement of Action (WSOA), it seems that reports of findings are being constantly published most weeks and it can be hard to keep up. We’ve been looking at inspection and [...]

Westminster Education Forum Policy Conference on SEND provision: Top 6 discussion points

2021-01-28T21:44:46+00:00November 20th, 2019|Categories: News, SEND reforms|

1. Increase in EHC plan numbers Multiple speakers mentioned the increase in overall number of EHC plans and new requests (an increase of 11% overall, with 16% more new plans issued in 2018 than 2017); this increase in number has not been accounted for by the addition of the 18-25 cohort. Is this a positive trend, [...]

SEND Inquiry Report: Enhance EHC’s View

2021-01-28T21:44:46+00:00October 28th, 2019|Categories: Company updates, Good practice, News, SEND legislation, SEND reforms|

The long-awaited Education Select Committee SEND Inquiry report, published last week, sets out comprehensive and explicit findings, as well as urgent recommendations, many of which echo our own experiences and calls for change. The report covers huge ground – from the implementation and accountability of the 2014 SEND reforms, to the perspectives of the different agencies [...]

SEND Inquiry: EHCP Quality and Consistency

2021-01-28T21:44:46+00:00May 7th, 2019|Categories: EHCP writing, Good practice, Local Area inspections, Local Authorities, News, SEND reforms|

The latest session for the Education Committee focused on the joint local area SEND inspections and how problems in the system are currently being resolved. We were particularly interested in the discussion around the increasing number of local areas being requested to submit a Written Statement of Action following inspections, which has risen from 25% in 2016 [...]

Improving transition into adulthood

2021-01-28T21:44:47+00:00January 29th, 2019|Categories: EHCP writing, Good practice, Local Authorities, News, Parents, Schools, SEND reforms|

With the deadline for amending EHC plans for young people transferring from secondary school to post-16 institution fast approaching, we’ve been thinking about the challenges of the transitioning into adulthood process. The SEND reforms brought significant changes for young people aged 16 and over, so it isn’t a surprise that this remains an area of development for education, health [...]

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