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Category Archives: Education

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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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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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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SEN Support Talking Point and latest SEND data

The NNPCF have developed our SEN Support Talking Point . This reflects upon statistics released from the DfE in January 2018 alongside other data sources and our own members survey carried out this year, all are cited within the talking point. The highlights of our report include: Concerns raised by parent carer forums about the […]

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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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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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