Happy VE Day! I hope you all enjoy the day, whatever you are doing.

On Wednesday this week, we ran our first online Q&A, on the subject of Behaviour Support. We thank everyone who took part, especially our expert speakers, Matthew Hodder and Sara Burgess. We will be able to share this next week, so even if you didn’t take part you may get some good tips.

The Department for Education has published ‘Education, health and care plans’. This is an annual publication from the SEN2 data collection, providing the single source of data on the entirety of Education, health and care plans (EHC) across England.

Key headlines from the data include:

  • There were 390,100 children and young people with EHC plans maintained by local authorities as at January 2020. This is an increase of 36,100 (10%) from 2019. The total number of children and young people with statements of SEN or EHC plans has increased each year since 2010.
  • There were 53,900 children and young people with new EHC plans made during the 2019 calendar year. This is an increase of 10% compared to 2018. The number of new EHC plans has increased each year since their introduction in 2014.
  • In 2019, 60.4% of new EHC plans were issued within 20 weeks. This shows a small increase from 2018, when 60.1% of new EHC plans were issued within the 20 week time limit.

 

Also this week, a group of cross party MPs on the influential Public Accounts Committee published their report into support for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in England.

The committee Chair Meg Hillier MP said:  “Pupils with special educational needs and disabilities deserve the same quality of education and to get the same value from our education system as their peers. Disturbing disparities in identifying pupils with SEND, and in provision for them, point to underlying problems that can only be addressed through proper data collection and information. These children, already facing extra hurdles and challenges in this life, must not find themselves discriminated against several times over.”