The DfE updated their information on P Scale descriptors on 2nd June 2017:

This data from DfE has been published today, 25th May 2017.

 The headline messages are;
 The number of children and young people with new EHC plans made during the 2016 calendar year has seen an increase of 8,171 (29.3%) when compared against the combined number of children and young people with statements and EHC plans made during 2015. 
 Children and young people receiving provision in mainstream schools accounted for the largest percentage of children and young people on roll at an establishment with EHC plans made in the 2016 calendar year (63.3%).

The Department for Work and Pensions has updated their guidance to help and support for young disabled people to find and stay in work. It can be found through this link:

Three things published by the Department for Education:

A letter from Edward Timpson, Minister of State for Vulnerable Children and Families, to Directors of Children Services (DCSs) in England about the transition of existing statements of special educational needs (SEN) to education, health and care (EHC) plans.

  • A research report providing results from a 2016 survey of over 13,000 parents and young people who received an EHC plan in 2015, showing their views of the process and their EHC plan.
  • An independent review of SEND disagreement resolution arrangements conducted by the Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research (CEDAR) and the government response to the review.

This sets out the importance of local authorities meeting the statutory deadline of 31 March 2018 for completing the transfer of all statements of SEN to EHC plans. It also explains that, from April, we will be collecting data monthly from each local authority about the progress they are making, and that the Department is offering support to help them to meet the deadline. A copy of the letter is attached. pdf Edward Timpson letter 30th March 2017

The EHC plan research report

This report provides results from a survey of over 13,000 parents and young people who received an EHC plan in 2015. The questionnaire, sent in 2016, asked respondents for their views on different aspects of the EHC needs assessment process and the impact of their EHC plan. The report provides results for different groups at the national level and robust local results are available for around two thirds of local authorities. The report conveys positive messages overall and also indicates the parts of the EHC process that local areas may wish to develop further in terms of service users’ satisfaction.   

Disagreement resolution arrangements and the government response

Following a commitment by the Secretary of State for Education and the Lord Chancellor in the Children and Families Act 2014, the Department commissioned CEDAR, at the University of Warwick, to carry out an independent review of the whole system of disagreement resolution, evaluating its effectiveness for parents, carers and young people. At the same time, government piloted a single route of redress, giving the First-tier Tribunal SEND extended powers to make non-binding recommendations on health and social care aspects of EHC plans. The government report sets out the key findings of the review and describes the steps the government intends to take to respond to the issues raised.

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

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:

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

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