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3rd June 2019

DYT’s Top story:

It was a busy half term at DYT towers, Karen Wespieser did a deep dive into the DfE’s SEND data which she wrote up for Schools Week. Her main finding was that despite an 11% increase in EHC plans issued, a postcode lottery exists for young people and families to receive this support. It should be a concern to the whole of the education community that these problems are still so apparent five years after the SEND reforms were made.

News Update:

DYT respond to Schools Minister’s comments on SEND in ITT 

DYT CEO, Chris Rossiter was in Schools Week to comment on Nick Gibb’s statement that he may consider a specialist SEND ITT route. Chris warned about the risk of creating separate pathways in teacher training and instead called on the government to embed SEND as a core part of ITT.

Special needs: Petition demands action on ‘national crisis’

The SEND national crisis campaign organised protest rallies in 28 towns and cities across the UK on Thursday. They also handed a petition with 13,000 signatures to Downing Street to demand action and more funding to address a “national crisis” in SEND provision.

Department for Education warned again on ministers’ funding claims

The UK Statistics Authority has told the Department for Education to publish a set of official figures for school funding, following repeated concerns about how ministers are presenting data to support their claims.

DYT’s Week Ahead:

Tuesday:

In Westminster Hall, there will be a debate on education funding led by Conservative MP Gordon Henderson – suggesting that this issue is likely to continue to dominate the policy agenda.

It could be touched upon by the the Economic Affairs committee who will be questioning the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Liz Truss MP about the upcoming spending review.

Wednesday 

MPs will debate the Government’s position on invisible disabilities and accessibility change, it will be interesting to see if any mention is made to how these issues translate in our education system.

Elsewhere, there’s a debate about authorised absence from school and the Education Committee question representatives from the Northern Powerhouse Partnership about education in the north.

Get in touch: Dan Baynes
Policy and Public Affairs Executive
daniel.baynes@driveryouthtrust.com
 
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