BIG ISSUE: SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS AND DISABILITIES

The topic of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in the early years, including the Code of Practice, legislation, support and funding.

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Children's Commissioner warns of speech and language therapy postcode lottery

Too many vulnerable young children are missing out on the speech and language help they need to be ready for school, according to a new report from the Children’s...

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Nationwide protest to highlight SEND crisis

Parents, disabled children, young people and professionals will take to the streets in 26 locations across the country today to declare a national funding crisis...

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DfE launches call for evidence on SEND funding system

The education secretary is inviting schools and local authorities to put forward ideas to improve the funding system for pupils with SEND.

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SEND funding shortfall in schools of £1.2bn, union claims

Funding for children with special educational needs has failed to keep pace with the rise in demand for provision, according to the National Education Union.

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Government urged to fund teachers for deaf children to avoid 'staffing crisis'

The National Deaf Children's Society warns that without funding to pay for new specialist teachers 'deaf children's future hangs in the balance'.

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SEND nursery may close after LA cutbacks

A charity that provides care and support for children with SEND and their families in Essex is at risk of closure due to withdrawal of local authority funding.

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Government review to improve lives of autistic children

The Government has launched a review of services and support for children with autism.

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NAHT holds crisis summit on SEND funding

School leaders are holding a summit on tackling the cuts in special educational needs funding today.

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Rise in children with SEN in PVI nurseries

The number of children in private and voluntary nurseries with special educational needs has risen dramatically, an analysis of Government figures shows.

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Ofsted chief inspector highlights crisis in support for children with SEND

Children across England are missing out on special educational needs support, Ofsted’s annual report warns.

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An unequal entitlement

The 30 hours policy is widening the gap between children with SEND and their peers, argue Ivana La Valle and Eva Lloyd