Extended SEND Tribunal powers on health and social care to continue

The Government has announced that the extended powers given to the SEND Tribunal on the health and social care elements of EHC plans will continue when the national trial ends on 31 August 2021 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

Volunteers' Week: Bonny's IPSEA journey

Bonny trained as an advice line volunteer in 2006, before joining IPSEA's office team in 2009 Read more

Choosing a secondary school with an EHC plan

We've received a number of calls in recent weeks about the correct process for selecting a secondary school when your child has an EHC plan Read more

IPSEA update on COVID-19 and SEN provision

Read our guidance on the how the COVID-19 measures affect children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) Read more

Parliamentary report says children with SEND have been “forgotten, left behind and overlooked” in the pandemic

The APPG for SEND has published a report on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on children with SEND Read more

Transfer to a new phase of education

IPSEA has had a number of calls in recent weeks from parents who are still waiting for phase transfer annual reviews to be completed Read more

The duty to secure special education provision

LGSCO asks London Borough of Redbridge to audit all children who receive SEN provision at a borough school after the council left a boy without the support he needed for over two years 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

Ofsted annual report identifies "serious weaknesses in SEND provision"

IPSEA's response to Ofsted's 2020 annual report Read more

IPSEA responds to the APPG for SEND inquiry

IPSEA has responded to the APPG for SEND inquiry into the impact of COVID-19 on educational transitions for children and young people with SEND Read more

SEND Tribunal – Update for volunteers, parents and carers

IPSEA has prepared an update on how the SEND Tribunal is operating during the COVID-19 pandemic, including tips regarding remote hearings Read more

One small step for tackling the coronavirus pandemic, one giant leap backwards for children and young people with SEND?

IPSEA is very concerned about the temporary changes introduced by government which significantly dilute the responsibilities of local authorities towards children and young people with special educational needs and EHC plans. Read more

PAC publish latest report on support for children with SEND

The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee (“PAC”) has published its report on support for children with special educational needs and disabilities. Read more

Post-19 education – is special school an option?

At this time of year, many families will be thinking about their options, as children and young people with special educational needs (“SEN”) prepare for a move from one phase of education to another. Read more

Message from Ali Fiddy, Chief Executive

We are paying close attention to government advice during the coronavirus outbreak. Please be aware that all IPSEA staff are currently working from home and our administration office is unable to take calls at this time. Read more

Ofsted Publishes Annual Report for 2018/19

Ofsted’s findings echo those of the Education Select Committee, the LGSCO and the local area SEND inspections that illustrate a system in crisis and demonstrate just how badly children with SEND are being let down all over the country. Read more

IPSEA launches 2019 election manifesto

We are calling on the next government to make four commitments to improve the education of children and young people with SEND and ensure they receive the support they are legally entitled to. Read more

IPSEA calls for stronger guidance to avoid the use of restraint in mainstream settings

IPSEA highlighted concerns about the lack of guidance for mainstream settings, despite the fact we know children in mainstream schools and Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) are being restrained and subjected to isolation or seclusion. Read more

“Let down by failures of implementation”: Education Select Committee publishes SEND Inquiry report

The House of Commons Education Committee has published its report following the SEND Inquiry launched in April 2018. IPSEA made a detailed written submission and our CEO gave evidence at one of the Inquiry’s 12 oral evidence sessions. Read more

Nearly 9 out of 10 complaints about EHC plans upheld by Ombudsman

“Exceptional and unprecedented”: Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman upholds nearly 9 out of 10 complaints about Education, Health and Care plans. Read more

Asking an LA to name a unit or resource base in a child’s EHC Plan

Some mainstream schools have specialist units or resource bases attached to the mainstream school. How this should be reflected in the child or young person’s EHC plan depends on whether it is a separate institution to the mainstream school or not. Read more

New guidance on Restraint and Restrictive intervention

The Department of Health and the Department for Education issued new guidance on avoiding the use of restraint and restrictive intervention and also how restraint should be used in health and social care services and special education settings. Read more

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