March 2019 Newsletter

Dear Colleagues

REMINDER: Consultation on the proposed Ofsted framework

Ofsted is seeking your views on their proposals for changes to the education inspection framework from September 2019.

The proposals offer a:

Revised framework to focus inspection on what children learn through the curriculum, rather than over-reliance on performance data
calling of time on the culture of ‘teaching to the test’ and off-rolling
new separate behaviour judgement to give parents reassurance that behaviour is good
most evidence-based, research-informed and tested framework in Ofsted’s 26-year history
For more information visit the Ofsted website:
This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 5 April 2019

I will be submitting a response on behalf of FLSE – if you would like to contribute to this response please let me have your comments by Friday 29th March to

International Dysphagia Diet Standardised Initiative (IDDSI)

Mark Dale-Emberton has circulated information about IDDSI. For students with eating and drinking guidelines there are lots of fantastic resources here explaining the different levels of food texture following the new IDDSI guidelines.

For more information visit:

Governance handbook and competency framework – March 2019 – DfE

An updated version of this guidance on the roles and duties of governing boards, and advice on the skills, knowledge and behaviours they need to be effective has been published.

The ‘Governance handbook’ explains:

governing boards’ roles and functions
their legal duties
where they can find support
the main features of effective governance
The ‘Competency framework for governance’ sets out the knowledge, skills and behaviours that school and academy governing boards need to be effective.

The ‘Competency framework for clerking sets out the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to provide professional clerking to school and academy governing boards.

Multi-million pound fund to train more educational psychologists in schools – March 2019 – DfE

On 20th March the Department for Education outlined plans to support more young people with additional educational needs by launching a procurement exercise for experts to come forward and kickstart specialist training for more Educational Psychologists. The multi-million pound fund will see over 600 Educational Psychologist trainees receive free tuition and grants.

Alongside this announcement was the publication of the educational psychologist workforce research. This research maps the distribution and demographic profile of local authority educational psychologists in England and it also provides evidence on factors affecting shortages of trainee and qualified educational psychologists in some local authorities.

Autistic people asked for their views to help transform support

Autistic people, their families and those caring for them are being asked for their views on how care and support in England can be improved.

The call for evidence is part of the cross-government review of the national autism strategy, which will be refreshed and launched later this year. The strategy will be extended to cover children as well as adults, so services work better for autistic people of all ages.

The government wants to hear from autistic people, their families and their carers about their experiences of care and support.

This consultation closes at 16 May 2019.

Thousands of places created in new special free schools

On 11th March the Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds, announced that around 3,500 extra school places were to be created for pupils facing the biggest challenges in their education.

Every region in the country will benefit from a new school, which include 37 special free schools and two alternative provision free schools.

Job Vacancy

Head Teacher- The Bridge Special School – Ipswich

This is an exciting opportunity to join a rapidly improving special school, which will join the Unity Schools Partnership multi academy trust from June 2019.

For more information:



Girls with Autism – Many Voices Conference

Tuesday 2nd April 2019 – London

Leading on SEND across all schools conference 2019 – Diversity, Difference, Dynamics

Wednesday, 3rd April

NAHT’s SEND conference is leading the way in challenging diversity and will focus on the varied obstacles and experiences for both young people with SEND, and the adults working with them


Adverse Childhood Events in Education – helping schools to understand and support

Wednesday 1st May

Church House Westminster, Dean’s Yard, London, SW10 3NZ

Almost half of children in the UK experience at least one significant Adverse Childhood Event, such as abuse, neglect or the loss of a parent from their lives. ACEs have a major impact on adult health and wellbeing.



After 26 years in London, and due to increasing visitor demand, the TES SEN Show is expanding in 2019 with the launch of an additional new event: TES SEN North.

TES SEN North 2019 will take place in the heart of Manchester at the iconic Manchester Central, to provide SEN professionals from across the UK with a new opportunity to access high-quality, relevant SEN training, suppliers and learning opportunities, and in turn to provide specialist SEN suppliers, associations and charities with a new way to reach SEN professionals nationally.

10th and 11th May 2019

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