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SENDIASS guide to SEND tribunals Recently, Amaze SENDIASS has heard from many families who are worried about long waits to have an appeal heard by the First-Tier (SEND) Tribunal.  With waits of around 50 weeks for face-to-face hearing dates, it’s extremely worrying for parents and carers who are anxious to get decisions made as soon…

Exclusions: SENDIASS explains What parents of children with SEND need to know It is a sad fact that children with SEND are more at risk of being excluded from school than children without additional needs. The SENDIASS advice line hears all too often from parents saying their child with SEND has been excluded. Read on to understand…

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SEND Review: Right support, right place, right time What is the SEND review and green paper? In 2019, the government announced it would carry out a review of the special educational needs and disability (SEND) system in England. This was five years after the introduction of major reforms to the SEND system in 2014. The…

SENDIASS explains Care Education and Treatment Reviews (CETRs) and who they are meant to help The SENDIASS advice line has been hearing from more families asking about Care Education and Treatment Reviews or CETRs. These were introduced a few years ago and are becoming more common. This is an unfamiliar topic for most parents and…

Managing the move to secondary school The move to secondary school brings new opportunities but can often feel daunting for both parents and children. There are things you can do now and once they start to make your child’s transition to their next school as smooth as possible. Think positive Be as positive as you…

Making the most of annual reviews If your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan this should be reviewed once a year. When everything is going well and your child is settled in their current school for the next few years, the annual review can be a straightforward look at the progress they are…

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Back at school – your concerns and what the guidance says For most of us, this last half term has been about adjusting to the kids being back in the classroom environment after the third, and hopefully final, lockdown. All types of schools and educational settings have again had to work out how to organise…

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Understanding Home Education What are the rights and rules around home education, and how do you get more information on this locally? Why home educate? Some parents of children with SEND have always chosen to home educate as a positive option for their child. Others have found themselves doing it, either because their child was struggling…

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Return to school – what to do if it’s not working and the legal position on SEND In legal terms, unless there is a local lockdown, things are back to normal in terms of your child’s rights in education. All schools and colleges should now be fully open. School children should be in school full-time. Many post–16 colleges are using…

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Return to school: is it good to be back? Most children and young people are now back at school, college or early years setting, but how is it going in practice?  We asked some parents and SENCOs about what’s going well and what are the challenges for parents, school and children. Let’s start with some good news… What’s gone well…

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