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Letter to the Minister

You will remember that Dame Christine Lenehan undertook a review into the placement of children in Residential Schools called “Good Intentions, Good Enough?” The report made a number of recommendations including the setting up of a SEND System Leadership  Board with an independent chair. Ministers from the Department for Education  (DfE) and Department of Health […]

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State of the Nation Report 2019

This year the NNPCF has refreshed our report looking at the State of the nation, reflecting on the feedback received around the experiences of families and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) around the country. It focuses on the experiences a year after the end of the of […]

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December 2018 Educational Select Committee

In April 2018 the Education Select Committee launched the Special educational needs and disabilities enquiry. As part of this the committee have been hearing evidence from various individuals, groups and organisations. The inquiry is intended to review the success of wide-reaching changes to the SEND system introduce in 2014. This includes how they have been […]

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Edward Timpson’s report into school exclusions

Edward Timpson’s report into school exclusions makes 30 recommendations to address the growing trend for vulnerable children including those with SEND being excluded. Parent carer forums have been telling us of their rising concerns about exclusions of children with SEND from school. In our survey in 2018, 95% of forums that responded had evidence of […]

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Damien Hinds speech to National Association of Headteachers

Secretary of State for Education recognises the resourcing pressures on Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and launches a call for evidence on SEND funding. On the 3rd May the Secretary of State for Education spoke to the National Association of Headteachers (NAHT). In his speech, he focused on the funding challenges being […]

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Campaigning and Parent Carer Forums

In August of last year we released our coproduced guidance document called ‘Coproduction & Campaigning‘. Please read the news item to see the full details. Briefly, the document sought to clarify the position Parent Carer Forums find themselves in within satisfying their Participation Grant, administered by Contact on behalf of the Department for Education, and […]

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National Audit Office Inquiry – NNPCF Response

Towards the end of 2018 the National Audit Office opened an inquiry into the ‘Support for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities’. This inquiry will focus on whether the Department for Education supports pupils with special educational needs and disabilities effectively. It will also bear in mind the effectiveness of connections between education, health and […]

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NHS Long Term Plan

Last month the NHS Long Term Plan was published. The NNPCF has been involved in some engagement events in the drafting of the plan. The plan does include more emphasis on learning disabilities and autism; a commitment to create a Children and Young People’s transformation programme; plans to create networks for children with long term […]

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Ofsted meet Parent Carers of children with SEND in mainstream schools

On Friday 14th December, the NNPCF arranged for a group of parents to meet with a representative from Ofsted to share their experiences of children with SEND in mainstream schools. The parents covered a wide range of SEND including ASD, ADHD, SPLD, SEN support and hearing impairments. The parents told some harrowing stories of part […]

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