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Category Archives: SEND Reforms

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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SEND Inquiry Launched

The NNPCF welcome the Education Committee Inquiry launched yesterday exploring the impact of the Special Educational Needs and Disability reforms implemented in 2014. This inquiry provides an opportunity for parent carer forums to reflect on the successes of the implementation of the SEND reforms as well as identify the areas where improvements are still to […]

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North East Regional Parent Carer Forum Network 3rd Annual Conference

The focus of this years conference was Health, Co-Production and Moving Forward. We are currently in a time of uncertainty for both parent carer forums and strategic partners as we are coming towards the end of the implementation phase of the SEND reforms, the final period of transforming care, recent changes in Government. The event […]

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New funding boost for pupils with SEND – NNPCF Steering Group Statement

The NNPCF Steering Group welcome the Department for Education’s announcement on Saturday morning (4th March 2017) of £215m to help local authorities create additional places and improve facilities in all schools across the country. The NNPCF co-chairs were involved in confidential conversations with the Department for Education to agree how to co-produce the use of […]

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