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School admissions framework: Legal update

The current primary school admissions process continues to lead to poorer outcomes for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children, says Richard Oldershaw of the Child Law Advice Service.

Making the case for personalised learning

Personalised learning approaches, often using the latest technology, improve the attainment of disadvantaged children, but critics are concerned it narrows the curriculum, finds Charlotte Goddard.

Progress in SEND

With many areas struggling to meet expected standards for special educational needs and disability provision, senior Ofsted leaders outline to Jo Stephenson the characteristics of a good quality service.

Securing support for children with SEN

In the context of funding shortfalls for children with special educational needs, Kamena Dorling, head of policy and public affairs at Coram, looks at the increase in appeals against local authority decisions.

Councils face EHC plan deadline

Kamena Dorling, group head of policy and public affairs at Coram Children's Legal Centre, examines the need for local authorities to transfer children onto education, health and care plans by the end of March.

Inspections: SEND services

The introduction of area-wide multi-agency inspections of special educational needs and disabilities services has highlighted the challenges of implementing system reforms while continuing to deliver quality provision.

Inspections: Special schools

The number of children with disabilities educated at special schools is rising. While the proportion of settings achieving a "good" rating is up, there is wide variation between different types of provider.

Outstanding school is full of surprises

The Pendlebury Centre pupil referral unit in Stockport has just been awarded its fifth consecutive "outstanding" rating. Tom de Castella went to meet staff and pupils to find out how it achieves such success.