The Special Education Consortium (a network which DYT is part of) is conducting a survey into the arrangements for transferring children from statements to EHC plans.
This survey is for any group, professional, or organisation with an overview of the transfer process in a local area, including parent carer and young people’s groups. Find the survey here.
‘1 in 5 teachers aware of illegal SEND exclusions.’ The NEU’s survey revealed that 20% of teachers are aware of illegal exclusions within their setting. (TES)
Improve teacher education to help SEND pupils, research says. A report by the University of Cambridge says that teacher education must “urgently” be upgraded to improve learning for pupils with SEND. (Schools Week)
The education sector eagerly anticipates the Autumn Budget as pressure grows on the chancellor to announce more funding for schools.
The Chancellor has remained characteristically tight-lipped on whether or not schools will receive a boost in funding. However he did recently praise Justine Greening on the DfE’s approach to spending, arguing that “She has put extra money into the frontline schools budget by reprioritising the wider education budget and finding efficiencies across her department. That is the way to do a fiscally prudent protection of our public services”.
There is currently no indication on whether the Chancellor will announce further funding for SEND. We will be following the budget closely on Wednesday, reporting any changes in funding for SEND.
Catch up with Education Questions including questions on SEND learners in home education, high needs funding in Stoke, access to extra-curricular activities for SEND learners and what more the government can do to support autistic learners in mainstream schools.
Education Committee: Quality of apprenticeships and skills training
The Committee has launched inquiry into the quality of apprenticeships and skills training and invites written submissions on the following issues:
Written submission should be sent via the portal on the Committee website by 5 January 2018.
Written Questions and answers over the last week:
APPG for Adult Education, 2:00pm, Room M, Portcullis House – The meeting will discuss two new studies exploring the impact of adult education.
DYT is pleased to be attending the Academies Show in Birmingham this Wednesday, 22nd November.The Academies Show Birmingham is the leadership education management event for all schools, with over 3000+ attendees.
DYT consultant teacher, and author of ‘Inclusion for Primary Teachers’ Nancy Gedge will be speaking at the event.
Find out more here
Most non-academies likely to convert by 2020.Half of schools that are not currently academies say they are likely to convert between now and 2022, a survey of school leaders has suggested. (TES)
Leading MATs have far more pupils with English as additional language. The largest multi-academy trusts have far more pupils with English as an additional language. (Schoolsweek)
Private pupils better placed to get help for special needs. “Higher rates of diagnosis for dyslexia, dyspraxia and mental health problems have pushed the number of special arrangement provisions up by 31 per cent in independent secondary schools over the past three years, compared with 23 per cent in the state sector.” (The Times £)