In 1983, IPSEA was set up to support parents and carers who wanted mainstream placements for their children with special educational needs. Today, IPSEA is the leading charity in England helping children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to get the support, education, and training opportunities they are entitled to under the law.
Over the past four decades, through tireless advocacy and continually developing our services, IPSEA has transformed the lives of tens of thousands of children and young people with SEND. We have grown and developed our expertise to help give children and young people with SEND the opportunity to achieve their potential.
But we haven’t yet achieved our ultimate goal – that all children and young people with SEND receive the education they are entitled to by law.
In fact, even with the strengthening of rights and entitlements that we’ve seen over the past 40 years, many children and young people with SEND are not getting the support that they need. Unlawful decision-making is more prevalent than ever, and families are having to fight harder to get the provision and support to which their children are legally entitled.
So instead of celebrating our 40th anniversary, we are working harder to achieve our mission. We are redoubling our efforts to ensure a future where all children and young people with SEND receive the right education. That future starts here.
Join us in marking IPSEA’s 40th anniversary by spreading the message or joining #Challenge40 to raise money to train new IPSEA volunteers. You'll help us to drive forward change to ensure children and young people with SEND receive the education they are entitled to by law, and that their rights and entitlements are protected.
Found out more about our work and achievements over the past four decades
Get involved by taking on #Challenge40. Can you raise £40 for IPSEA?
Hear from families we've supported over the years, and learn more about some of the people who have shaped our organisation
If you've received support from IPSEA over the past 40 years, we want to hear from you
Take a look at some of our recent news and the work we’ve been doing