Department for Education SEND Newsletters

Written by Department of EducationDate 14 Sep 2017

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 previous 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.