The Department for Education has issued updated guidance to residential special schools as a result of Ofsted inspections against the standards, and revisions to the independent school standards. This advice is for special schools providing residential accommodation for any child.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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."
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:
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.