• Sharing a passion for supported internships

    18 May 2022

    Edwina Grant shares her experience of supporting young people with autism and learning disabilities at Lancashire CC, and her belief in the importance of other councils and companies getting involved with the transition to work programme.

  • Delivering school transport services during a fuel crisis

    18 May 2022

    The cost of living has been especially felt in home-to -school transport, says Nicola Beach. The Government may need to look at the particular county-based issues in delivering it and set out specific and targeted solutions, she adds.

  • Doing the right thing for children

    27 April 2022

    With the direction of the Government’s policies for schools and SEND becoming clearer, the new president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services Steve Crocker speaks to Ann McGauran about his priorities for the next year.

  • Slough SEND services ‘not fit for purpose’ due to resources

    25 April 2022

    Services for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) at Slough Council have been under-resourced for 18 months, councillors have heard.

  • It is imperative to get the SEND reforms right

    12 April 2022

    Proposals to address the future demand pressures in education, health and care plans through a set of national standards are welcome, but can the Green Paper adequately address the substantial deficits of many CCN members, asks Simon Edwards.

  • Call for national review of children's mental health services

    07 April 2022

    The new president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) has called for a post-pandemic national review of children’s mental health services.

  • An end to the SEND lottery?

    06 April 2022

    The new Green Paper on special educational needs and disability received a generally warm reception from the sector, but concerns remain around funding and delivering cultural change. Chris Mahony reports.

  • Nine councils to receive £300m in SEND deficit deals

    31 March 2022

    The authorities have reached agreements with the Government to wipe out their special educational needs (SEND) deficits.

  • The frenzy of policy must not lead to fragmented reforms

    29 March 2022

    The MJ's first in-person Future Forum North since the pandemic focused attention on the endless list of issues facing local government that is starting to make a mockery of the word 'priority', says Heather Jameson.

  • Government vows to end 'postcode lottery' on SEND

    29 March 2022

    Schools, councils and health providers will need to work together to support children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) with more targetted funding, a Government Green Paper said today.

  • Counties warn of school transport crisis

    25 March 2022

    Hikes in fuel costs are meaning local authorities are having pay providers significantly more, according to a report published by the County Councils Network (CCN) today.

  • Council leaders call for reform of ‘adversarial’ SEND system

    11 March 2022

    Council leaders have called on the Government to tackle the rise in tribunals over special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) disagreements as they warn the system has become ‘adversarial’.

  • Huge pressures facing transport for children with special educational needs

    14 February 2022

    London Councils is calling on the Government to provide urgent funding to match the increase in demand and costs in special educational needs transport services, says Cllr Damian White.

  • CCN conference: Senior officer in financial collapse warning

    23 November 2021

    The countdown is on before some councils face financial collapse due to a change to children’s services accounting rules, a senior finance expert has claimed.

  • Slough accepts damning SEND report

    17 November 2021

    Watchdogs have demanded action from Slough Council to address ‘significant areas of weakness’ in its services for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

  • Delayed SEND review to reduce 'local variation'

    11 November 2021

    Proposals coming out of the Government’s review of special educational needs and disability (SEND) will look to reduce ‘local variation,’ children and families minister Will Quince has suggested.

  • Government appoints SEND commissioner at Birmingham

    20 October 2021

    A former council chief executive has been appointed to oversee improvements to Birmingham City Council’s special educational needs and disability (SEND) service.

  • Local leadership needs a vote of confidence from the Treasury

    05 October 2021

    In the run up to the Spending Review, the County Councils' Network will be continuing to highlight 'how imperative well-resourced councils are to the levelling up agenda', says Simon Edwards.

  • Help – when and where it’s needed

    29 September 2021

    Norfolk CC has successfully shifted the emphasis in children's services from crisis to prevention, including remodelling its corporate parenting service for children in care and beyond. It's just the start, as Sara Tough explains.

  • Council apologises for SEND failures

    21 September 2021

    Suffolk CC has apologised to families who rely on special educational needs and disabilities provision after a report found the council was 'not performing well'.