Government to launch major review into support for SEND

The government has announced a major review into support for children with special educational needs and disabilities, five years on from the introduction of the Children and Families Act 2014 Read more

MPs recommend “multi-billion pound funding increases” for schools and colleges

The House of Commons Committee has published a report, “A ten year plan for school and college funding”, recognising that schools and colleges need a long term plan to meet the wide-ranging challenges they face Read more

Government proposes register of children not in school

After concluding a consultation on home education earlier this year, the government has launched a further consultation which proposes legislation to require local authorities to keep a register of children out of school Read more

Back to school?

What to do if your LA still hasn’t confirmed a school place for your child with SEND Read more

IPSEA outlines concerns in response to latest statistics from Department for Education

The Department for Education has published the latest statistics in relation to statements of SEN and EHC Plans - we outline some of our concerns about the issues the data reveals Read more

Home to school transport: understanding your rights

IPSEA is frequently contacted by parents facing difficulties with home to school transport - read our guidance to understand your rights Read more

New proposals and guidance on elective home education

The Government recently held a consultation on home education - in IPSEA’s response to the consultation, we recommended a number of measures Read more

Initial government response to children in need review fails to address IPSEA’s concerns

The government’s initial response to the children in need review has has fallen short of addressing the key concerns raised by IPSEA Read more

IPSEA highlights concerns about SEND funding to National Audit Office

We describe our experiences of a SEND system which fails to ensure families receive the same level of support across the country Read more

Planning the move to a new school for children with SEND

At this time of year, our volunteers make lots of calls to parents and carers with questions about support during this transition and beyond and what schools and LAs should be doing Read more

The duty to secure alternative education

The LGSCO recently reminded LAs of how their duty to secure suitable, full-time alternative education under s.19 Education Act 1996 works Read more

Children with SEND failed by the education system

IPSEA’s response to Ofsted’s 2018 annual report Read more

Ofsted and the CQC to revisit failing Local Authorities

The Department for Education has announced a programme of revisits to failing Local Authorities Read more

Bristol parents successfully challenge cuts to SEN budget

This recent case concerned the judicial review of Bristol City Council’s decision to reduce its high needs block budget by over £5 million Read more

Withdrawing funding from an EHC plan

One of the issues which parents and carers contact our volunteers about frequently is decisions of LAs to “withdraw funding” from an EHC plan Read more

London Assembly recommends changes to SEND provision in London

The London Assembly has now published their report examining the challenges facing SEND provision in London Read more

IPSEA appoints new trustees

Following our recent recruitment process, we are pleased to announce the appointment of two new trustees to the board Read more

MPs criticise ‘Wild West’ system of exclusions

Ministers from the House of Commons Education Committee have published a highly critical report on the current exclusions system in England Read more

Children’s social care – more help needed for disabled children

IPSEA has called for greater support for the families of disabled children in its response to the Department for Education’s call for evidence about children in need of help and protection Read more

Home education – not always what it seems

IPSEA has responded to the Department for Education’s call for evidence into home education, highlighting the recurring problems we see in our casework Read more

IPSEA responds to the Education Committee’s Special Educational Needs and Disability Inquiry

Our response explains that the Children and Families Act 2014 introduced a framework for supporting children and young people with SEND that requires a holistic approach to meeting their needs Read more

Banding, special educational provision and EHC plans

Banding is a way for LAs to allocate levels of top-up funding for securing special educational provision for children and young people with EHC plans - here we explain why banding should never be a barrier to providing the special educational provision required Read more

IPSEA calls for a rethink of school exclusions

IPSEA has called for a rethink of school exclusions in a response to Edward Timpson CBE’s call for evidence, as well as highlighting key concerns with the way exclusions are used in practice Read more