DfE colleagues wish to draw your attention to their launching a consultation on revisions to the 2012 statutory guidance on the exclusion of pupils, to make the rules that apply to exclusions and the process of review clearer. They would like to invite you to respond to the consultation, so that SEND issues can be fully considered as the revision of the guidance is finalised.

The consultation document and response form can be found here. The deadline for replies is 25 April.

On Saturday 4 March, Minister for Vulnerable Children and Families, Edward Timpson, announced a £215m capital funding boost designed to transform the lives of thousands of children with special educational needs and disabilities by increasing school capacity and making it easier for them to access good school places.

The Department for Education have updated the statutory framework for early years provision

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/596629/EYFS_STATUTORY_FRAMEWORK_2017.pdf

The main change is to relax some of the proposed requirements for staff to hold level 3 qualifications in English and Maths.

The Pre-School Learning Alliance have done a very helpful before/after for those interested in the detail:

https://www.pre-school.org.uk/sites/default/files/summary_of_eyfs_framework_changes_2017.pdf

On 21st February 2017 the government published guidance about the entitlement for students, aged 19 to 25yrs, to EHC Plans

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/send-19-to-25-year-olds-entitlement-to-ehc-plans/send-19-to-25-year-olds-entitlement-to-ehc-plans

The January 2017 edition of the 0-25 SEND Newsletter, produced by the Department for Education can be downloaded pdf here

The UK Vision Strategy Leadership Group has published its report Shaping the Future, following a six month evaluation and consultation project in the eye health and sight loss sectors.

The report includes:

  • Views on the progress made towards the UK Vision Strategy Outcomes 2013-2018
  • The country context: the key challenges and successes of the Strategy specific to England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales
  • Recommendations to shape future collaborative work, including both what future work could focus on and how it could be delivered.

The VK Vision Strategy Group is chaired by Fazilet Hadi, Director of Engagement at RNIB.  More information about the group can be found here.

The report itself is available at http://www.ukvisionstrategy.org.uk/sites/default/files/Shaping%20the%20Future%20Report_APDF.pdf?utm_campaign=7927484_Shaping%20the%20Future%20report%20release

Yesterday, 10th January 2017, the Government announced further funding to support implementation of the SEND reforms.

This relates to Parent Carer Forums and Independent Supporters.

The details are available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/funding-for-special-educational-needs-support-confirmed

Today the Department for Education has published seven Invitations to Tender for contracts to support special educational needs (SEN) and disability in 2017-18.

The seven contracts will provide total funding of up to £4,812,000 in 2017-18. They are open to voluntary and community sector organisations, social enterprises and others bidding on a not-for-profit basis.

Information can be found on the Contracts Finder website (https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Search).

The Invitations to Tender cover:

Proposals should be submitted to the Department by 10am on Monday 30 January 2017.

Questions about the process can be submitted until 9 January 2017 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Answers to all questions will be available on Contracts Finder by 16 January 2017.