• MPs tell department to 'get a grip' on SEND

    05 May 2020

    The Department for Education (DfE) does not have a grip on mounting pressure in the special educational needs and disability (SEND) system, a watchdog has found.

  • CIPFA releases new deficits guidance

    28 April 2020

    Councils will not be required to put aside money from their general reserves to support future funding of any dedicated schools grant (DSG) deficit, new guidance has confirmed.

  • 'No quick fixes' after watchdog criticism

    21 April 2020

    Bristol City Council admitted there were ‘no quick fixes’ as it published a written statement of action in the wake of watchdog criticism.

  • SEND support legal requirements relaxed

    25 March 2020

    The Government has used emergency powers to relax requirements for councils supporting children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

  • SEND system 'not working as well as it should' - top civil servant

    09 March 2020

    The reformed system for supporting children with special and educational needs and disabilities (SEND) is ‘not working as well as it should,’ senior civil servants have admitted.

  • Calm prevails despite tough times

    25 February 2020

    A lack of clarity on funding, including on temporary monies for social care and SEND beyond 31 March 2021 means these are challenging times, says Gary Fielding - but despite this most senior officers and councillors seem remarkably calm, he adds.

  • Frustration grows over SEND deficits funding crackdown

    19 February 2020

    Councils are unhappy about the Government’s message that they cannot rely on schools block funding to address rocketing special needs and disabilities (SEND) deficits. Dan Peters reports.

  • Councils consider judicial review amid SEND crisis

    17 February 2020

    Councils are starting to talk to lawyers about a potential judicial review of the Government amid a crisis in special educational needs and disability (SEND).

  • Demand led, resource constrained: SEND is broken

    17 February 2020

    Outraged at the Government's call for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities financial recovery plans, Ian Thomas explains why it is the funding that is flawed, not the execution.

  • Davey: SEND crisis could blow up in councils

    30 January 2020

    The acting Lib Dem leader has warned that the crisis in special educational needs and disability (SEND) ‘could blow up in councils across the country’.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Councils sent back to drawing board on SEND

    28 January 2020

    Councils have been sent back to the drawing board after a quango ripped apart their plans to recover massive special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) deficits.

  • A strong future for SEND services

    15 January 2020

    The Bi-Borough  - Westminster City Council and Kensington & Chelsea RLBC  - is  breaking new ground with next generation SEND case management, according to Vik Verma and Julie Ely.

  • Let's put investment into our school buildings

    15 January 2020

    Schools capital allocations have been skewed by political priorities, says Gary Fielding As a result, North Yorkshire CC 'find ourselves with swathes of the country having insufficient places to meet demand and/or poor building conditions'.

  • A gap that will prove hard to close

    09 January 2020

    Dan Peters investigates the scale of the funding challenge faced by the 32 councils told by the Government to bring their SEND funding deficit back into balance within three years.

  • ‘We must do more than tinker at the edges’

    09 January 2020

    The system needs a truly sustainable multi-year financial settlement to ensure children and young people with SEND get the support they need, argues Phil Norrey.

  • Inspectors expose SEND weaknesses in Bristol

    23 December 2019

    Watchdogs have criticised Bristol City Council for ‘significant areas of weakness’ in its provision for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

  • The rise of SEN Tribunals and how to prepare for them

    20 December 2019

    Lawyer John Roberts outlines what to expect from a Special Education Needs Tribunal and how local authorities and schools can prepare for one.

  • London borough rejects insourcing children’s services

    11 December 2019

    Kingston LBC had considered returning services from a wholly-owned company when their contract ends in 2021.

  • Crossing the divide

    10 December 2019

    Here Emmet Regan and Michael Wyatt set out a balanced methodology for considering the transition from children’s social care to adult social care that takes as wide a view as possible.

  • Our hope is for financial independence

    27 November 2019

    Conservative councillors are working hard to secure a strong Conservative majority in Parliament that will usher in a new era of financial independence for councils, says LGA Conservative Group leader, Cllr Izzi Seccombe.