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Category Archives: NNPCF Announcements

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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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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Review of School Exclusions

On Wednesday 27th June, NNPCF co-chairs Maureen Morris and Mrunal Sisodia attended a roundtable meeting of the school exclusions review being chaired by Edward Timpson. The review has been set up by the Department for Education to explore how head teachers use exclusions in practice and why some groups of pupils (including those with SEND) […]

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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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