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

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 how the COVID-19 measures affect children and young people with special educational needs 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

Please be aware that many 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