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Funding for pupils with complex needs is insufficient to meet a dramatic rise in the number of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), head teachers have warned.

Council and health chiefs in Redcar and Cleveland have been told to draw up a written action plan to tackle areas of significant weakness in the support offered to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Ofsted has promised to get tough on the practice of "off-rolling" where schools encourage challenging pupils to leave without officially excluding them.

The Department for Education is to pay a fund manager £2m to run a £21m programme to help high-achieving disadvantaged children reach their full potential, it has emerged.

Pupil referral units (PRU) are becoming so stretched that they are unable to help schools prevent permanent exclusions for their most challenging pupils, a senior Ofsted inspector has warned.

DfE warns of educational psychologist shortages

By Neil Puffett |

27 April 2018

The Department for Education is preparing to take action to address reported shortages of educational psychologists among some councils, it has emerged.

The government must raise the status of early years teachers to prevent a brain drain from the sector, according to the educators' union Voice and the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (Pacey).

Government must broaden the scope of its workforce development plans for the children's sector if local authorities are to be able to deal with ongoing financial constraints, the new president of the Association of Directors of Children's Services has said.

MPs to probe success of government SEND reforms

By Neil Puffett |

19 April 2018

An influential group of MPs will investigate whether government reforms of the system of support for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) have been a success, it has been announced.

Ofsted closes six more unregistered schools

By Joe Lepper |

17 April 2018

A further six suspected illegal schools have been closed down by Ofsted in the space of a month.