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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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Secretary of State for Education announcements – NNPCF response

On Sunday 16th December, the Secretary of State for Education Damien Hinds made a number of key announcements relating to SEND, details of which can be found on the DfE website. In response NNPCF Co-chair, Mrunal Sisodia said:  We welcome the news that the Secretary of State for Education has responded to calls from the […]

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NNPCF supports a letter to the Prime Minister and Chancellor

A letter published by a coalition of childrens organisations is calling for improved prioritisation of children and young people within government spending. Mrunal Sisodia and Maureen Morris, NNPCF Co-Chairs, have added their signatures on behalf of the NNPCF and its membership to the letter (letter to ministers sept 2018). This letter highlights the need for […]

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Minister Nadhim Zahawi meets Parent Carer Forums

Children with SEND and their families are facing an incredibly challenging environment. Cuts to local services, problems with joint working across agencies, increasing concerns about the experiences of children with SEND in mainstream schools, and poor opportunities for children leaving education have meant the work of Parent Carer Forums is more relevant than ever before. […]

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NNPCF Input into the NHS 10 year plan

To mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS in July, the Prime Minister announced an extra £20 billion of funding between now and 2023. In return, she asked the NHS to develop a new 10 year plan for health provision. Sir Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England has been tasked with developing this […]

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Local Area Inspections of SEND – updates to processes

The NNPCF have been involved in conversations with Ofsted, Care Quality Commission, and Department for Education officials to relay and understand some of the concerns and comments our member parent carer forums, and their communities, have been raising about the SEND inspection process. These conversations have led to changes in the process and further clarification […]

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Coproduction and campaigning – a guidance document

Contact and the NNPCF have coproduced a guidance document to help parent carer forums in working alongside campaign groups. It can be really challenging in the current landscape where funding restrictions are threatening services that our families rely on whilst trying to work closely with local area partners to improve these services. A Parent Carer […]

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