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With funds lacking to meet families' expectations of special educational needs and disability services, parents and practitioners have pursued education, health and care plans to obtain support, worsening the cash crisis.

Pupil premium and attainment

By Darren Martindale |

28 May 2019

Expert says differential pupil premium rates could boost outcomes for some disadvantaged pupils.

Is the country ready to lower the voting age to 16 for all UK elections? This was the question that was debated at a unique event held recently at the Old Bailey.

Following Edward Timpson's review of exclusions, the government has vowed to make schools accountable for excluded pupils and close loopholes used to off-roll. But sector leaders call for action to tackle high-stakes culture.

Tackling care attainment gap

By Derren Hayes |

30 April 2019

DfE figures show a growing attainment gap for children in care, highlighting the need to boost support.

Statutory RSE: 5 key questions

By Jonathan Baggaley, chief executive, PSHE Association |

26 March 2019

Expert outlines issues for school leaders when implementing relationships and sex education reforms.

Factors for SEND funding crisis

By Derren Hayes |

02 January 2019

Research findings support local government calls for a 'reboot' of how SEND services are commissioned.

The latest elective home education (EHE) survey by the Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS) reveals the number of children being taught at home rose by more than a quarter this year.

Changing teacher views on care

By Amy Woodworth |

30 October 2018

Expert gives five key steps on how to overcome some teachers' negative perceptions of children in care.

Supporting Traveller children

By Joe Lepper |

25 September 2018

Experts warn on the impact of cuts to specialist school support for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children.