Child File: Developing your Local Offer
A series of templates and guidance on putting together your local and school offer, reflecting the services that you provide for young people with SEN and their families.
Implementing the new reforms – our experience at West Rise
West Rise Junior School didn’t want to wait until the reforms were upon them before they started implementation. Headteacher Mike Fairclough explains how they found the process and why they are so optimistic.
Internet safety and the SEN child
Children with SEND are less likely to use the internet, according to recent research by the Anti-Bullying Alliance which came to a number of worrying conclusions.
Working positively with parents for SEN reform
With so much uncertainty about what to expect from September, there is plenty of room for misunderstandings to occur. Tania Tirraoro explains how schools can be sure that partnerships with parents stay strong.
Quality standards for effective alcohol and drug education
There has been debate about what works and doesn’t work in relation to improving behaviour around alcohol and drugs. ECU finds out more about what a good education programme should look like, summarising findings from a recent ADEPIS research report.
Medical needs clause – Schools’ responsibilities
The Children and Families Act includes a new clause to emphasise the role that schools must have in catering for pupils with long-term medical needs. We summarise the main points.
The draft Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years
As the final version of the proposed SEND Code of Practice nears agreement by parliament, we examine its main issues and highlight our concerns.
In sharp focus: SEN reform
September 2014 is the date by which we are expected to have the new framework for SEN in place. The Children and Families Act might now have received Royal Assent but the SEN and Disability Code of Practice is still to be finalised. Will schools have their act ready in time?
ECU 31 Editor’s Comment: Who wants children with SEN?
I read with interest and much sympathy the comments made by Nigel Utton, headteacher of Bromstone Primary School in Kent. He claims that SEN children are being let down by a system clogged with the need for schools to achieve target grades.