National trial of the 'single route of redress' for SEND tribunals
The DfE has launched a two-year national trial extending the powers of the First-tier Tribunal (SEND) to make non-binding recommendations on the health and social care aspects of Education, Health and Care plans.
The Tribunal will be able to do this for LA decisions and EHC plans issued or amended from 3rd April, as part of a SEND appeal. LAs must now amend their EHC decision letters to inform parents and young people of their new rights.
Although the recommendations are non-binding, they are made by a specialist Tribunal and would be expected to be taken forward; if they are not taken forward, parents and young people will be able to complain to the Ombudsman or seek to have the decision judicially reviewed. The trial will be incorporated into Ofsted and CQC's local area SEND inspection judgements.
Support is available for local authorities, including guidance, a toolkit of practical materials and a helpdesk. The DfE will be training Information, Advice and Support Services to enable them to inform families of their new rights, and will provide funding of up to £4000 per case to cover some types of expenses.
The trial will be independently evaluated by IFF Research and Belmana.
Tool - 30 Aug 2019 Silver AND Gold Member Only
A useful tool for silver and gold members in the EYFS, primary, secondary and post-16 settings. This resource is designed to help teachers work their way through the graduated approach for those pupils that haven’t necessarily yet been identified with SEN but for whom there are initial concerns.
Tool - 29 Aug 2019 Silver AND Gold Member Only
Available to silver and gold members, this useful person centred working tool is suitable for those supporting pupils in Early Years, Primary, Secondary and post 16 settings. The resource can be used to outline a pupil’s key strengths, needs and the strategies and key adjustments to teaching that are needed every day. It can provide a useful vehicle for meaningful discussion around learning between the teacher and the pupil, involving them positively in discussing effective approaches to enable better engagement. Working in a person-centred way (across the whole setting), including the use of person-centred tools, is essential for not only populating the passport but also for getting the most from using it.
Checklist - 27 Aug 2019 Silver AND Gold Member Only
A useful editable checklist for silver and gold members. Aimed at SENCOs, this resource will help you check that your SEN information report is compliant with statutory requirements, and that it is useful and accessible for parents and young people. This resource will help you to meet statutory requirements and use person-centred practice (it is statutory to publish an SEN information report on a school website; Ofsted often look at it before an inspection).