End of Term Policy Update

July 24, 2017

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Both Houses of Parliament are now in summer recess and will return on Tuesday 5th September – here is our end of term policy update to cover what you might have missed.

Have your say:

  • Department for Education Consultation: Analysing family circumstances and education – closes 31 July. Respond here.
  • ICAN survey:  Submit Evidence As part of Bercow: Ten Years On, ICAN want to hear from a range of different audiences about their experience of support for children with speech, language and communication needs – find more information here.
  • New green paper on role of education in supporting mental health. Following the joint committee report from education and health, it is expected that this topic will be a landmark for the government when Parliament returns in September.
  • The mayor of London wants to hear from individuals and organisations that can help him and the GLA group make London a more inclusive city. Click here for more info. 

It was “take out the trash day” at the DfE last Wednesday, who released numerous documents relevant to SEND before the parliamentary recess.

 You can view these here:

Latest news from DYT:

  • Read our end of term newsletter here.
  • Our coverage of the SEN wellbeing research: Wellbeing report finds that 1 in 5 SEND pupils unhappy at school.
  • On Tuesday Justine Greening announced the National Funding Formula will go ahead from 2018/19 but with an extra £1.3bn for the core school budget across the next two years. However, there will be no new funds from the Treasury, the money will come from “efficiencies and savings” across the DfE (expected to use £280 million from new free schools and grammar schools & £420 million worth of the capital budget, including the healthy pupils programme) Read our coverage.
  • Read our coverage of the exclusion debate and our response to the government’s consultation. Special needs pupils seven times more likely to be excluded.
  • Research claims to be the first comparison of literacy standards in primary and secondary schools across the four UK nations, finding that England lags behind Northern Ireland on pupil literacy improvement. (Read the full story in TES) 

We hope you have a great summer, our policy updates will be back on the 4th September, we will be continuing our campaign to put SEND on the agenda when Parliament returns.

If you have any questions about DYT’s policy work contact: daniel.baynes@driveryouthtrust.com 

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