27th Mar 2017
One of my highlights at the Whole School SEND Summit in February was meeting a deaf parent and her signer. Because the event was being staged at large round tables, with acres of bright windows facing Gallions Point Marina and the London City Airport, unsupported lip-reading would have been impossible: signing provided the parent with essential support to enable her participation. Without it, we would have lost one of the most perceptive and challenging contributions of the day.
20th Mar 2017
In the weeks since the Whole School SEND Summit in february we have been delighted to feature in a number of blogs looking back at the event, the lessons learned and next steps. Have a look below and continue the conversation on the Summit Group here and by connecting via Twitter and Facebook.
9th Mar 2017
Appearing at the Whole School SEND Summit on thec 23rd Feb, Minister for Vulnerable Children and Families Edward Timpson pledged a thorough review of special and mainstream school capacity across the UK, with £23,000,000 allocated to help LAs do strategic review of SEND places, and a £215m capital funding boost to “build new school places (and) to improve and enhance facilities that are already on site” for children on Education, Health and Care plans.
14th Feb 2017
“We believe that the knowledge for school improvement is owned by schools, exists within schools and should be shared between schools. In short it is not about the best leading the rest, but about co-construction and collaboration. London Leadership Strategy develops school leadership through careful brokering of relationships and bespoke support – matching the right schools and leaders together in programmes that are carefully focused around hard outcomes for pupils.”
31st Jan 2017
On the 10th of January Minister of State for Vulnerable Children and Families, Edward Timpson MP, announced £60,000,000 in new funding for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The funding, coming into play from April 2017 onwards, aims to ensure that “all children, no matter the obstacles they face, should have the same opportunities for success as any other”.