IPSEA update on COVID-19, school re-opening 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

Coronavirus: Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (“LGSCO”) complaints, Ofsted and local area SEND Inspections

The LGSCO, Ofsted and CQC have temporarily reduced some of their routine operations due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. 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 regarding 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

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