Dept for Education

Transitional protection for specialist provision

Transitional protection for specialist provision is being introduced in response to a specific concern that there may be a reduction in the number of students placed in specialist provision between now and 2015.

The department will offer a level of protection for specialist provision in independent specialist providers (ISPs) and in eligible further education (FE) institutions over the next two academic years.

SEND pathfinders - progress report published

The Department for Education has published a progress report on the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) pathfinders. The SEND Green Paper pathfinder programme was launched in September 2011 following a competitive application process to which all local authorities and their health partners could apply.

Over the past eighteen months, 20 pathfinders involving 31 local authorities and their health partners, have been working within existing statutory frameworks towards the following common objectives:

DfE discussion paper on traineeships

The Department for Education has published a discussion paper on traineeships and is inviting views.

Traineeships are a proposed programme to help young people aged 16 to 24 to develop the skills they need to secure Apprenticeships and other sustainable employment. For those aged 16 to 19, Traineeships would fit within broader study programmes for young people.

The DfE plans to introduce Traineeships from September 2013 alongside 16 to 19 study programmes. In January 2013, it published this discussion paper setting out initial proposals for a Traineeships programme.

Minister reassures parents over SEN reforms

The Minister for Children and Families, Edward Timpson, has written to the Council for Disabled Children regarding concerns raised by parents about the Government's plans to reform special educational needs provision. Concerns had been raised about the rights of parents to request assessments and c hallenge decisions.

SEN pathfinders extended to September 2014

Minister Edward Timpson has announced the extension of the SEN and Disability Pathfinders for 18 months to run through to September 2014. The Minister made this statement while giving evidence to the Education Select Committee on the proposed SEN and disability reforms.

The Minister stated that "the overwhelming view is that we are moving in the right direction, but we want to get this right and if that means listening for a little longer, then we will do that."

Removing the statutory duty to deliver work related learning at Key Stage 4

The Government is seeking views on its intention to remove the statutory duty to deliver work related learning at key stage four. BASE has concerns about the potential impact that this change would have on young disabled pupils given the already low employment aspirations.

The following text is taken from the consultation website:

SEND Green Paper pathfinder bids invited

The Department for Education is inviting bids from local partnerships to become SEND green Paper pathfinders.

Department for Education Green Paper on special educational needs

Publisher: 
Dept for Education
Topics: 
Dept for Education, Strategy and Education
Type: 
Consultation

The Department for Education Green Paper on special educational needs. The paper makes wide-ranging proposals to respond to the frustrations of children and young people, their families and the professionals who work with them.

The Green Paper includes wide ranging proposals to improve outcomes for children and young people who are disabled or have SEN, minimise the adversarial nature of the system for families and maximise value for money.

The consultation period ends 30 June 2011 and a period of testing proposals in local areas from September 2011.

Review of evidence - Intervening to improve outcomes for vulnerable young people

Publisher: 
Dept for Education
Topics: 
Dept for Education, research and Education
Type: 
Research

This Department for Education review sought to identify the common barriers to the effective implementation of new initiatives and elements of effective practice in the delivery of multi-agency services for vulnerable young people and their families.

Government responds to Wolf Report

The Government has responded to Professor Alison Wolf's enquiry into vocational education.

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