• Home
  • News   breadcrumb   Health

News / Health

SEND system is 'unsustainable', says NAO

By Joe Lepper |

11 September 2019

Children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are not getting the support they need as councils and schools battle to cope with the twin threat of rising demand and funding pressures, according to a National Audit Office (NAO) report.

Lincolnshire health visitors begin week-long strike

By Dan Parton |

09 September 2019

Striking health visitors in Lincolnshire have begun a further week of action over a long-running employment dispute with the county council.

DfE announces major review of SEND system

By Neil Puffett |

06 September 2019

Progress made over the past five years in improving support for children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) will be subject to a major review, the government has announced.

A council that schooled an autistic boy at an unregistered community farm has been ordered to pay £5,300 towards his education and for the distress and injustice caused to him and his family.

A marked increase in the number of children dying by suicide has prompted campaigners to call for urgent action to address a "crisis" in young people's mental health support.

Parents and campaigners have delivered a petition to the Department for Education calling for an end to what they call the "funding crisis" in deaf education and more money to be directed to providing specialist support teachers.

Families are still not getting enough support for special educational needs and disabilities, according to a damning sector statement published to mark five years since the SEND reforms.

The government must do more to provide young people with early help for mental health, according to a charity which found that two thirds are being left struggling to manage their needs by themselves.

Parents are having to pay privately for their children's special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to be assessed due to failures in council and health organisation support, inspectors have found.

The CYP Now Awards highlight the very best practice in work with children, young people and families.