Department for Education SEND Newsletters

Written by Department of EducationDate 16 Jul 2018

The Department for Education's 0-25 Special Education Needs and Disability Unit publishes a newsletter for anyone working in special educational needs and disabilities – statutory and voluntary agencies across education, health and social care; and users of the system, such as children, young people and parents. See below for issues:

October 2014

This issue looks at what's covered in a local authority's Local Transition Plan, transfer review processes and a collection of top resources on a range of topics based on the SEND reforms.

February 2015

Contained in this edition is information on the review of arrangements for disagreement resolution, future support for local authorities implementation of the reforms  and information on changes to dedicated school grants for 19-25 year olds with EHC plans.

June 2015

This edition looks at the Implementation of the SEND system and goes into detail on transition planning, the Local Offer and co-production. Also discussed in this newsletter are looked after children and EHC plans, youths in custody and a summary of the results of the February 2015 LA survey.

July 2015

This edition talks about the new transition arrangements announced by the minister last week and gives a summary of the recent local authority survey and parent carer forum surveys.

February 2016

In this month’s newsletter there is information about the deadline for transfer reviews for statements to EHC plans, and transition from LDAs to EHC plans plus a look at SEND Funding in 2016-17.

July 2016

This edition gives an update on Learning Difficulty Assessments (LDAs) and looks at the recent data releases focusing on statements of SEN, EHC Plans and early years.

September 2016

This issue provides information on school census data from July 2016, an announcement of the launch of the Youth Justice SEND project and how to get involved in feeding into research on the SENCO qualification.

January 2017

The first edition of 2017 focuses on funding for SEND support 2017-18, headlines from the autumn 2016 Implementation Surveys and the latest recent and upcoming reports.

July 2017

This issue features a message from new Minister of State for Children and Families Robert Goodwill MP, details on funding contracts for SEND support in 2017-18 and information about transfer of Statements of SEN and the Rochford Review.

September 2017

This issue features the Spring 2017 local authority and parent carer forum SEND implementation surveys: headline findings. Also attached this month is a letter from Robert Goodwill MP to local authorities about their work to complete transfer reviews for children and young people with statements of SEN - confirming the transition period will end on 31st March 2018.

March 2018

This edition features: Transfer deadline of 31 March 2018, SEND funding updates, headline results from recent local authority and parent carer forum surveys, update on Dame Christine Lenehan and Mark Geraghty’s review of residential special schools and colleges, SEND single route of redress national trial - regulations and a Review of teaching of relationships and sex education.

May 2018

This edition features: Transfer of Statements to EHC plans, DfE consultation on elective home education, Supported internships in action, Education Select Committee SEND Enquiry, SEND School Workforce contract, and the European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education.

July 2018

This edition features: The Strategic College Improvement Fund, Early Years Disadvantage (VCS) Grants 2018-20, Standards Testing Agency - Inclusion experts required: forthcoming Invitation to Tender, Pre-key stage standards to be used from the 2018/19 academic year, SEND Tribunal: Single Route of Redress National Trial, SEND mediation standards, SEND Schools’ Workforce programme of work, NHS England: Ask. Listen. Do, Education Psychology Research Project on the Workforce in England, Making Participation Work, Hot Topics: Wider engagement report, SEND statistics, Development opportunities and new resources.

October 2018 

This is the October 2018 edition of the 0-25 Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), Alternative Provision and Attendance Unit Newsletter, focusing on: The Education Endowment Foundation Funding; Relationships and Sex Education; Local Offer – Children’s Education Advisory Service for children of Service Personnel; SEN Information Reports; Alternative Provision Innovation Fund; Government response to the Education Select Committee Inquiry on Alternative Provision; New research on Alternative Provision; T Levels; Review of non-GCSE key stage 4 qualifications and review of post-16 qualifications at level 3 and below; Exam accommodations for Autistic Students; Ealing Building My Future Programme; Development Opportunities and Resources

April 2019

This edition features: call for volunteers for new Regional Stakeholder Network, Post-16 qualifications consultation,  Local Area SEND Inspection handbook updated, Early Adopters wanted for new RSE curriculum, Research into the ethnic disproportionality in the identification of SEN in England, resources to support post-16 providers, Anti-bullying support for schools, Autism Education Trust Resources, Ambitious about Autism Campaign. 

July 2019

This edition features: Guidance and a consultation on the use of restraint, Further Education and Training Centres for Excellence in SEND, Guidance on Relationships and Sex Education, the NHS´s long term plan implementation framework, new government initiative to tackles injustices faced by disabled people, guidance on teaching online safety in schools, plus development opportunities and resources. 

November 2019

This edition features: The SEND Review, the extension of national Trial to extend powers of SEND tribunal to 31 August 2020, the SENCO Forum, supporting children and young people with asthma and allergies, Information, Advice and Support Services: animation, National Mental Capacity Forum Awareness Survey 2019.