Policy update, Nov 20

We take look at the news and events to be aware of in the education and SEND world, powered by Driver Youth Trust.

Survey on the arrangements for transferring children from statements to EHC plans 

The Special Education Consortium (a network which DYT is part of) is conducting a survey into the arrangements for transferring children from statements to EHC plans.

This survey is for any group, professional, or organisation with an overview of the transfer process in a local area, including parent carer and young people’s groups.  Find the survey here. 

‘1 in 5 teachers aware of illegal SEND exclusions.’  The NEU’s survey revealed that 20% of teachers are aware of illegal exclusions within their setting. (TES)

Improve teacher education to help SEND pupils, research says. A report by the University of Cambridge says that teacher education must “urgently” be upgraded to improve learning for pupils with SEND. (Schools Week)

Funding anticipation ahead of Autumn Budget

The education sector eagerly anticipates the Autumn Budget as pressure grows on the chancellor to announce more funding for schools.

The Chancellor has remained characteristically tight-lipped on whether or not schools will receive a boost in funding. However he did recently praise Justine Greening on the DfE’s approach to spending, arguing that “She has put extra money into the frontline schools budget by reprioritising the wider education budget and finding efficiencies across her department. That is the way to do a fiscally prudent protection of our public services”.

There is currently no indication on whether the Chancellor will announce further funding for SEND. We will be following the budget closely on Wednesday, reporting any changes in funding for SEND.

Parliamentary Business

Catch up with Education Questions including questions on SEND learners in home education, high needs funding in Stoke, access to extra-curricular activities for SEND learners and what more the government can do to support autistic learners in mainstream schools.


  • Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Education Committees 
  • Education Committee 
    • Government Response to 9th report on Exiting the EU: challenges and opportunities for higher education (to be published)
    • Government Response to 11th report on Primary assessment

Education Committee: Quality of apprenticeships and skills training

The Committee has launched inquiry into the quality of apprenticeships and skills training and invites written submissions on the following issues:

  • The quality of current provision, how this varies by sector, level and region, and the impact of this on learner outcomes;
  • The effectiveness of the quality monitoring system, in particular the role and capacity of Ofsted;
  • The role of the Education and Skills Funding Agency in ensuring value for money, and the impact of different funding models;
  • Quality and oversight of training provided by subcontractors; and
  • Quality of training received by the socially disadvantaged, and barriers to them undertaking this training.

Written submission should be sent via the portal on the Committee website by 5 January 2018.

Written Questions and answers over the last week: 

  • Vicky FoxcroftTo ask the Secretary of State for Education, what statutory support is provided in schools for young people with mental health conditions. See answer.
  • Lord Browne of Belmont: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to increase the number of people with (1) learning difficulties, and (2) other disabilities, taking part in apprenticeships. See answer
  • Dr David Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average rate of exclusion for children with autism as their primary need was in (a) Gloucestershire and (b) the UK in each of the last five years. See answer


APPG for Adult Education, 2:00pm, Room M, Portcullis House – The meeting will discuss two new studies exploring the impact of adult education.

Academies Show 2017

DYT is pleased to be attending the Academies Show in Birmingham this Wednesday, 22nd November.The Academies Show Birmingham is the leadership education management event for all schools, with over 3000+ attendees.

DYT consultant teacher, and author of ‘Inclusion for Primary Teachers’ Nancy Gedge will be speaking at the event.

Find out more here

Most non-academies likely to convert by 2020.Half of schools that are not currently academies say they are likely to convert between now and 2022, a survey of school leaders has suggested. (TES)

Leading MATs have far more pupils with English as additional language. The largest multi-academy trusts have far more pupils with English as an additional language. (Schoolsweek)

Private pupils better placed to get help for special needs. “Higher rates of diagnosis for dyslexia, dyspraxia and mental health problems have pushed the number of special arrangement provisions up by 31 per cent in independent secondary schools over the past three years, compared with 23 per cent in the state sector.” (The Times £)  


Dan Baynes is Policy and Research Executive for Driver Youth Trust

Dan Baynes, Driver Youth Trust