June 2019 Newsletter

Membership Renewals 2019 – 2020
Members should have recently received an email giving details of the need to renew their membership for next year. It would be very much appreciated if you could give this your urgent attention prior to the end of term. If you haven’t received this email please contact us at [email protected]
Provision for children and young people with SEND and those who need alternative provision: how the financial arrangements work – DfE – May 2019
The DfE is inviting individuals and organisations to consider how the SEND and AP financial arrangements in England could be improved to help local authorities, schools, colleges and other providers in supporting children and young people:
  • with special educational needs and disability (SEND)
  • who require alternative provision (AP) or are at risk of exclusion from school
They welcome views on changes to the funding system that could help in getting the best value from the resources available.
Closing date is 31st July 2019
If you would like to add your comments to the FLSE response please send them to [email protected] by the end of term.
Statements of SEN and EHC Plans: England 2019 – DfE – May 2019
This document, published at the end of last month, outlines the statistics and analysis on statements of special educational needs (SEN) and education, health and care (EHC) plans in England based on census data collected in January 2019.
Key messages
  • 11% increase in number of EHCPs statements from 2017 to 2018
  • 16% increase in number of new EHCPs in 2018 compared to 2017
  • 60% of new EHCPs issued in 20 weeks (65% in 2017)
  • Pupils aged 11 – 15 account for largest percentage with EHCP
  • 95% of new EHC Needs assessments result in an EHCP being issued
  • 8% increase in the number of pupils attending specialist provision
  • 3,486 – the number of pupils awaiting the provision that is named on an EHCP
You can find an excellent summary of all the data on the Special Needs Jungle website: https://www.specialneedsjungle.com/ehcps-in-2019-bedded-in-or-bogged-down/
Character and resilience: call for evidence – DfE – May 2019
This call for evidence seeks views on the importance of character and resilience in young people. It welcomes examples of good practice in developing character in pupils in schools, colleges and other educational settings.
Consultation closes on 5th July
Relationships education, relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education – DfE – June 2019
From 2020, the following subjects will become compulsory in applicable schools in England.
  • relationship education in primary schools
  • relationship and sex education in secondary schools
  • health education in state funded primary and secondary schools
These subjects will support all young people to be happy, healthy and safe equipping them for life as an adult in British society.
School must publish policies for these subjects online and make them available to anyone free of charge. Schools should also share examples of resources, for example books and information leaflets, to help them engage and consult with parents.
Some parts of the new curriculum, as with the current curriculum, are compulsory. These are part of the national curriculum for science. Parents can withdraw their children from all other parts of the sex education lessons if they want.
Pupil premium: funding and accountability for schools – DfE – June 2019
The pupil premium grant is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England. It’s a school-level grant that gives schools extra resources to help them meet challenges, including those arising from deprivation.
It’s allocated for schools to:
  • improve the academic outcomes of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities
  • close the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers across the country
The DfE indicate how much pupil premium funding schools and non-mainstream schools receive, how they should spend it, and how we hold them to account.
Improving behaviour in schools – Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) – June 2019
The EEF have recently produced a guidance report offering six recommendations for supporting behaviour in schools.
  1. Know and understand your pupils and their influences
  2. Teach learning behaviours alongside managing misbehaviour
  3. Use classroom management strategies to support good classroom behaviour
  4. Use simple approaches as part of your regular routine
  5. Use targeted approaches to meet the needs of individuals in your school
  6. Consistency is key
Overshadowed – The mental health needs of children and young people with learning disabilities – Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition – June 2019
This report was commissioned by Comic Relief to better understand the mental health needs of young people with learning disabilities. It highlights seven key findings:
  1. Barriers to early intervention
  2. Poor access to mental health services
  3. A fragmented system
  4. Lack of training and awareness
  5. Young people with learning disabilities are neither seen nor heard
  6. Loneliness and its impact
  7. Young people and families worry about the future
The latest SEND Tribunal figures paint a troubling picture
Matt Kerr recently analysed the latest tribunal figures for Special Needs Jungle. The number of registered Tribunal appeals continues to rise each year: Families registered 6,374 appeals with the SENDIST First Tier Tribunal in the 2018-19 financial year (April 2018 to end March 2019) – that’s a 26% increase on the previous year, the third successive yearly increase. To read more visit the SNJ website.

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