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Category Archives: SEND Reforms

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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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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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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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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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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NNPCF co-chairs meet with officials at the Department for Education

On Monday 23rd April, NNPCF co-chairs Maureen Morris and Mrunal Sisodia met with officials and advisers at the Department for Education. In a wide-ranging conversation, they discussed a number of the priorities that have been raised to the NNPCF Steering Group by our membership over the past few months. They shared the concerns raised by […]

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