Children with SEND failed by the education system

IPSEA’s response to Ofsted’s 2018 annual reportRead more

Ofsted and the CQC to revisit failing Local Authorities

The Department for Education has announced a programme of revisits to failing Local AuthoritiesRead 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 millionRead 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 planRead 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 LondonRead more

IPSEA appoints new trustees

Following our recent recruitment process, we are pleased to announce the appointment of two new trustees to the boardRead 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 EnglandRead 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 protectionRead 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 caseworkRead 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 needsRead more

SEND Tribunal – New 48 hour rule for postponement, withdrawal, concede or a consent order requests

From 20 June 2018 until the end of August 2018 the Tribunal is introducing a trial whereby these requests must be made a clear 48 hours before the date of the hearingRead 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 requiredRead 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 practiceRead more

Non-statutory EHC plans

The non-statutory EHC plan – a rose by any other name?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 doingRead more