New charity takes the lead to empower young adults with learning disabilities

An exciting new charity is taking the lead to empower young adults with learning disabilities to choose where and how they live. Alessandra Morelli, daughter of Charity Chairman, Roberto Morelli Where I Want to Live has been set up by a group of like-minded parents and professionals with experience in the sector.  The charity has strong links with Shropshire and the West Midlands. […]

Skills bill: calls for inclusion of SEND provision

The Skills and Post-16 Education Bill must be amended to include clauses around provision for students with special and education needs, says Lord Addington The Post-16 Education and Skills Bill must be amended to include clauses around provision for students with special educational needs, Lord Addington has said. In the most recent list of amendments tabled by the […]

Exclusive: Reform Ofsted post Covid ‘battle’, say heads

A commission involving heads should be set up to review accountability structures in wake of pandemic, say school leaders In 1942, the Liberal politician William Beveridge presented a report to Parliament containing a detailed plan for post-war recovery. “Now, when the war is abolishing landmarks of every kind, is the opportunity for using experience in a […]

Is the DfE deliberately ignoring pupils with SEND?

The experiences of pupils with special educational needs and disability are consistently overlooked – there’s no greater disadvantage than being ignored, says Christopher Rossiter The latest research from Ofsted on the experience of young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND) and their families through the pandemic has a familiar air. Children and families have once […]

Work starts on special needs schools as investment continues

Four Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) schools in Lincolnshire are set to be expanded as part of Lincolnshire County Council’s £86m investment programme to improve and develop special schools across the county. Working alongside contractor Willmott Dixon, Newark-based landscape architect Influence is providing landscape design services to Willoughby School in Bourne, Eresby School in Spilsby, St Bernard’s […]

Jacobs develops new tool to transport for SEND children

Jacobs has developed a new service, the Travel Service Optimisation (TSO) tool, which it says will help to transform transport for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) children. The TSO tool is set to transform the home-to-school travel experience for SEND children and young people, helping to advance social inclusion, while also supporting broader environmental […]

Special needs services improving after damning report, council says

Services for children with additional needs in Shropshire have been improved since a damning report last year, council and health bosses have said. A raft of measures have been put in place in the last 12 months in an effort to turn around special educational needs and disability (SEND) provision across the county, which was […]