One year on from the National SENCo Workload Survey - we want to ensure that future projects remain focused on the needs of the SENCOs and the schools that they work in. Please complete this quick survey.
In June the Department for Education (DfE) published, jointly with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), non-statutory guidance on reducing restraint and restrictive intervention in health and social care services and special education settings. They are consulting on whether there is a need for similar guidance for mainstream settings.
The Department for Education has a consultation ongoing about updating the statutory guidance for local authorities on home to school travel and transport (for pupils aged under 16). They are looking for your views.
An exciting new project manager vacancy is now available, to join the Whole School SEND team working on the Education Endowment Fund (EEF) review.
An exciting new programme assistant vacancy is now available, to join the Whole School SEND team working on the Education Endowment Fund (EEF) review.
Just in time for the festive period, nasen have launched a brand new member resource - the SENCO Year Planner.
An additional £350 million has been announced by Damian Hinds to support children with complex needs and disabilities. This funding will provide specialist support and tailored facilities, including the creation of specialist places and facilities.
Two recently published reports make an interesting pair. They deserve to be read alongside each other.
Final Report Released on Work Experience and Vocational/Technical Provision for Young People on SEN Support: A Rapid Evidence Assessment
The Department for Education have released a final report on work experience for young people on SEN support.
Complete our member survey on 'Strengthening Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and Improving Career Progression for Teachers'
On 15th December the DfE launched a consultation on ‘Strengthening Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and Improving Career Progression for Teachers’. nasen will be joining with its partners within the Whole School SEND Consortium to respond to this consultation.
The DfE has produced new draft guidance aimed at reducing the need for restraint and restrictive intervention for children and young people with learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorder and mental health needs. They are seeking views on this guidance.
'Ofsted Annual Report 2016/17: education, children’s services and skills' mentions SEND as an area for focus across the next year.
'Transforming children and young people's mental health provision: a green paper' has been published by the Department for Education and is open for consultation.
The funding package includes money to support LAs with their implementation of the SEND reforms, to establish local supported internship forums and to support Parent Carer Forums.
The government published its response to the 'Schools National Funding Formula' consultation alongside the High Needs funding formulae on 14th December. Here we summarise the main points and look at the implications for SEND.
2016 has been a very busy year for everyone at nasen, with some big changes happening over the last 12 months, we take a look at what we have achieved in the year and provide a quick overview of what we have to look forward to in 2017.
The document 'Early Years Funding: Changes to Funding for Three and Four Year Olds' was published this week by the DfE. It is a response to consultation, and includes information about new funding streams for children in Early Years with SEND
On 1st December, 'The Annual Report of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education, Children's Services and Skills 2015-16' was published. It includes a chapter on SEND which illustrates some of the disparities across the system.
The National Special Educational Needs and Disability Forum is a regular meeting of the leading representatives of significant national organisations in this field.