Policy Update, Sep 25

A look at the events and articles to be aware of in the education and SEND world.
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From Last Week 

Sarah Driver, founder and chair of DYT, delivered a keynote speech last Wednesday to over 200 delegates on sustainable and effective leadership in SEND provision at the Whole School SEND summit.

Utilising expertise as a leader in Education and her personal experience as a parent of a child with dyslexia, Sarah’s speech addressed the need to implement sustainable change in the way we teach those with SEND – focusing on empowering those at the top to lead, and include SEND within the broader education agenda.

The speech outlined issues facing all schools, and stressed the need to ensure accountability and responsibility from our education leaders. Following this, Sarah outlined the clear steps to effect sustainable change and merit the needs of those with SEND – ending with a call to action for everyone involved in education and SEND:

“Lead the way, share your practice, continue the champion SEND and you will see the benefits across your school in countless ways”.

Read the full transcript and press coverage from TES.

Developmental Language Disorder Awareness Day – 22nd September 2017

The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists have created a briefing paper to help navigate the changes to terminology and criteria of DLD.

Read it here.

Key Headline:  Funding formula poses ‘real problems’ for SEND pupils

TES reported over the weekend that “SEND pupils in dozens of local authority areas stand to lose out from the government’s funding shake-up.”

Analysis shows that the new 0.5% limit on funding transferals from the schools block to the high needs block would be breached by 44 Local Authorities in 2017-18. This would cause “very real problems” particularly for schools with a high number of SEND pupils.

Read the full piece.

Education Committee launches inquiry into Alternative Provision

The Education Select Committee has announced their first inquiry into the state of alternative provision in England. More Details.   


Labour Party Conference – Brighton, 23-27 September 

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Labour is currently half way through their party conference in Brighton. Shadow Education Secretary, Angela Rayner has been very active giving an interview to the i in which she claimed she was dictating government policy.

Rayner was a key speaker at the Education Policy Institute’s event “where next for Labour education policy?” and the NEU’s fringe on school funding. Rayner highlighted the impact of school cuts on SEND learners and stated they have been let down by the system.

She gives her speech to the hall on Tuesday at 12:30pm. Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn will be on stage at 12:15pm on Wednesday. Follow us on twitter using #Lab17 to keep updated with both speeches!

Very glad to hear @AngelaRayner describe the impact of school cuts on pupils with SEND - these pupils are suffering due to slashed provision


Reports out in the last week 

On Thursday, the Education Policy Institute published a report that examines Entries to arts subjects at Key Stage 4 over the past decade, they found that entries had fallen to their lowest level in ten years as a consequence of funding, the EBacc and Progress 8.

Leonard Cheshire Disability today release a  survey of disabled people looking at their employment opportunities, to launch their Untapped Talent campaign.


Events this week 

National Inclusion Week 






National Inclusion Week is an annual campaign run by Inclusive Employers to raise awareness of the importance of inclusion in the workplace and the business benefits to having a diverse and included workforce.

This year’s theme is connect for inclusion, find the toolkit and workshops to get involved with here.


Teaching Assistant Deployment Review Guide launch


The Teaching Assistant Deployment Guide will be formerly launched at the UCL Institute of Education. You can find out more about the guide and download it for free here


Gemma Corby: 10 easy steps to make your classroom dyslexia-friendly

Nancy Gedge: DYT consultant teacher asks “how can we physically prepare children for handwriting?” in this video for TES 

Martin George: Growing speculation academies minister Lord Nash is preparing to quit the DfE

Dan Baynes, Driver Youth Trust