Plans to cut mainstream schools’ SEND funding in Surrey risks reducing inclusion

by Amy Hardie, Sharon Pratt Dawson and SEND Community Alliance Despite Surrey still being under the Ofsted cosh for failing its SEND area inspection in 2016, it’s now consulted with the county’s headteachers on proposals to cut additional SEN funding for mainstream schools. The special educational needs (SEN) funding consultation: …

SEND advice: What to look for when seeking legal representation or advocacy

by Donna Sharp with Eleanor Wright Raising a child with SEND is probably the most rewarding, yet one of the most profoundly complex caring roles ever. On any given stage of the journey, many families will feel overwhelmed with the physical and mental challenges of ensuring their disabled child has …

What worked well for your child/young person with SEND during lockdown (or would have)?

Following the Special Needs Jungle survey, that revealed a very mixed picture of support for children and young people with SEND during lockdown, we’d like to find out what was especially good for your family? Did you discover a passion for home educating? Did online speech and language therapy work …

SCA’s view on the Coronavirus Bill

While we appreciate these are unprecedented times, we are extremely concerned that the Coronavirus Bill strips away hard-won protections for disabled children, adults and their families for up to two years. We want to know why there is the need for disabled and vulnerable people to be targeted in this …

Post-election message

The UK election result underlines the importance of the work ahead for SEND Community Alliance. Looking at the party manifestos, we are disappointed that the weakest for SEND has won.  The right to an equal education for disabled children and young people is about human rights and equality.  We will be …