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In sharp focus: Mental health
The mental health needs of our children and young people have hit the headlines as it is revealed an increasing number cannot cope in our schools. This issue’s ‘In sharp focus’ identifies the missing link in mental health provision.
ECU 32 Editor’s Comment: SEN reform – is it all clear?
The government promised big things in regard to SEN documentation, but all they've really done is shear away 'extra' documents and guidance already in existence... Perhaps that’s why the new SEND Code of Practice is such a disappointment, says Every Child Update's new editor, Suzanne O'Connell.
SEN reform – is it all clear?
Since the coalition government came into power, the DfE has generally stood by its commitment to cut down on documentation. However, what we have seen is the shearing away of ‘extra’ from documents and guidance already in existence. We have seen little that has been released as completely new material to reflect the new approach to brevity, succinctness and clarity. Perhaps that’s why the new SEND code of practice is such a disappointment.
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.