SEND Review: how you can respond to the Government’s proposals for reforming the SEND system

We encourage you to tell the Department for Education what you think and what your experiences are Read more

Volunteers' Week: Gillian's Tribunal Support Service experience

Our Tribunal Support Service volunteer, Gillian, shared with us what inspired her to join IPSEA as a volunteer Read more

Volunteers' Week: Helen's Tribunal Helpline experience

Today we're highlighting the fantastic work of the volunteers on our Tribunal Helpline - here's what our Tribunal Helpline volunteer, Helen, shared with us about her volunteering experience Read more

Volunteers' Week: Leah's Call-in Helpline experience

Leah provides legally-based information and next step advice to families of children and young people with SEND - here’s what she told us about her volunteering experience Read more

SEND Review is ‘a wolf in sheep’s clothing’ – Government proposals will mean complete overhaul of SEND law

Our legal and policy teams have spent the past few weeks analysing, in great detail, the content of the SEND Review 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

IPSEA update on COVID-19 and SEN provision

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

Setting children with SEND up to fail: our response to consultation on behaviour management and school exclusion

Treating all children fairly does not mean treating them all the same - this is our message to the Government on school behaviour policies Read more

Why the Government’s review of children’s social care must not forget disabled children

We've responded to each stage of the review emphasising that social care is not just for children who are considered to be “at risk” - it’s also essential for children who are “in need” according to the law Read more

Covid-19 public inquiry must look at impact of pandemic on children and young people with SEND

We urge the chair of the public inquiry into Covid-19 to consider the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on children and young people with SEND Read more

Mediation for placement appeals

It has come to our attention that parents/carers and young people may be receiving inaccurate information from some mediation providers in advance of bringing an appeal to the SEND Tribunal. Read more

Government publishes SEND Review and invites people’s views

The Government has published its long-awaited SEND review setting out proposals for changes to the way the SEND system works Read more

Support for Ukrainian children with SEND arriving in England

IPSEA shares Refugee Education UK’s concern that children and young people’s education must be “protected and respected during this crisis”. Read more

Why the Human Rights Act matters for children and young people with SEND

The Human Rights Act underpins families’ dogged battles to make the system for supporting their child work as it should. Read more

Response to report by LGA on resolving SEND disputes

This report completely misses the point - parents wouldn’t succeed at Tribunal unless the evidence supported their case Read more

Support children, don’t sanction parents – our response to consultation on school attendance

School attendance policies must be flexible enough to reflect the particular needs of children and young people with SEND Read more

Local authorities cannot impose format for EHC needs assessment requests

It is important that parents, carers and young people are aware that there is no particular form, format or method that is required in order to make a valid EHC needs assessment request in law Read more

Our evidence to the Government on resolving SEND disputes

IPSEA submitted a response to a recent call for evidence by the Ministry of Justice on alternative methods of dispute resolution Read more

Budget announcement on new special school places

IPSEA’s view is that, while new funding is always welcome, focusing on special schools won’t solve all the problems Read more

Our response to the Government’s ‘call for evidence’ on behaviour management in schools

We told the Government that schools’ behaviour policies should be applied flexibly for children and young people with SEND Read more

“No-one should be forced into educating at home through lack of support”, say MPs

The House of Commons Education Select Committee has published a new report on home education in England. Concluding that it’s impossible for the Government to say that a suitable education is being provided to every child in the country Read more

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