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Building better employment opportunities for young people with SEND

Following on from feedback at the NNPCF conference last year which identified employment opportunities as a leading concern for parent carer forums, this week, Mrunal Sisodia spoke to a conference for Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) Community Partners. The DWP has commissioned community partners across the country to build links with local groups and […]

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NNPCF Responds to the SEND Inquiry

The NNPCF has today submitted their written evidence to the Education Committee Inquiry into support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).  You can read more about this Inquiry by clicking the link below. https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/education-committee/news-parliament-2017/special-educational-needs-and-disability-launch-17-19/ In line with the general practice of select committees, we are not permitted to share […]

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School Exclusions Review – NNPCF Response

In response to the schools exclusions review that has been taking place, the NNPCF asked its members to contribute towards a national response. A survey was sent out to all parent carer forums to offer them an opportunity to participate in our national response. 22%  of Parent Carer Forums responded to our survey informing our […]

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DfE announce additional capital funding for SEND pupils

The NNPCF are pleased to see a commitment to SEND pupils being demonstrated by the additional capital funding announced to support the development of specialist facilities or placements for children with SEND. Parent Carer Forums are identified as a crucial partner within the commissioning process when LAs look towards spending their allocated funding. We encourage […]

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NNPCFs developing work with the Department of Work and Pensions

On Tuesday 2nd May NNPCF co-chairs, Maureen Morris and Mrunal Sisodia, met with the Disabilities Minister, Sarah Newton. In our first meeting with a Minister from the Department of Work and Pensions, we introduced the work of parent carer forums and the NNPCF. The Minister had a good understanding of the challenges that families with […]

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NNPCF Steering Group meets Minister Nadhim Zahawi

Yesterday, the NNPCF Steering Group Members spent two hours with Nadhim Zahawi, the Undersecretary of State for Children and Families. First the NNPCF Co-Chairs participated in a Stakeholders Roundtable which saw a selection of representatives from SEND sector groups and services including; children and young peoples groups, schools, colleges, and charities. Everyone in the room […]

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DfE Newsletter May 2018

The latest edition of the DfE Newsletter focuses on the Transfer from statement to EHCP deadline, EHE consultation, Education Select Committee Inquiry, and more. Whilst the NNPCF welcome the news that 98% of transfers were completed on time the focus now needs to be on delivering good quality and timely annual reviews. The annual review […]

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Independant Advice and Support Programme – Contract announcement

The Council for Disabled Children and Contact will be working in partnership for the next two years to deliver the Independent Advice and Support Programme on behalf of the Department for Education. The NNPCF are a member of the Independent Support advisory board and we are pleased that parent carers will continue to have a […]

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Special Education Consortium Position Statement on High Needs Funding

The Special Education Consortium have released their SEC position statement on high needs funding in response to the concerns being raised about High Needs Funding. NNPCF Co-Chairs were approached about supporting SEC in raising these concerns more formally, they have released the below statement for our member parent carer forums: After discussing it with the […]

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NNPCF co-chairs meet with Caroline Dinenage, Minister of State for Health

On Monday 23rd April, NNPCF co-chairs Maureen Morris and Mrunal Sisodia met with Caroline Dinenage, Minister of State for Health. We were joined by Gail Walshe from Contact and Lorraine Mulroney from NHS England. In what was the first dedicated meeting the NNPCF have had with a Minister from the Department of Health, we explained […]

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