In Derby and Derbyshire there are 179,000 children. It is estimated that 23,000 have a diagnosable mental health condition. Only 30-35% of these children have access to any Mental Health service. “Children […]
Parents with children who have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) have a constant battle with Derby City Council over the funding to support their child’s education. This friction is not a […]
Funding for the education of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) is a very sensitive issue but rarely attracts much popular attention. When it does, it is often misunderstood. Support […]
Creative Scrutiny Board recommendations on Special Educational Needs summarily dismissed by Cabinet.
At the Executive Scrutiny Board last night ( 9th October), one of the many subjects on the agenda was “Improving Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Provision in Derby”. A comprehensive document which […]
70%+ don’t support Special Educational Needs proposals, resulting in little change to school places. What was the point?
In November 2017 the Council issued a consultation document on the strategy for Special Education Needs (SEN) children. Whilst the plan maintained annual funding, which is substantial at £55m pa, there were […]
Karen Brownhill, communication practitioner at St Giles School, shortlisted for a national special educational needs award
PRESS RELEASE A Derby woman is putting on her glad rags and heading to London for a glitzy awards ceremony, after being shortlisted for a national special educational needs award. Karen Brownhill, […]
Council Officers are proposing a reconfiguration of the service provision for Derby City Council Children’s Homes. This will be presented to Cabinet today and was subject to a cross-Party Executive Scrutiny Board […]
The Council’s Executive Scrutiny Board should be wary of the “airbrushed” report on the Special Educational Needs statement conversion programme. “All that glitters is not gold”.
Tomorrow night, Council Officers will be presenting a report to the cross-Party Executive Scrutiny Board on “Transfers from Statements of Special Educational Needs (SEN) to Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP)” which […]
Councils “tick-box” approach to the education plans for Special Needs children is only storing up problems for the future
3.5 years ago, all Councils were mandated by Government to convert all old-style Special Educational Needs (SEN) Statements into a new, more comprehensive Education Heath and Care Plan (EHCP); this document is […]
In response to the last Derby News article on, “Council now misleading Department of Education on Special Needs Children Plans …”to avoid being in the headlines”, a parent from Sinfin contacted me, […]
Council now misleading Department of Education on Special Needs Children Plans …”to avoid being in the headlines”
The transfer of Statements to Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) for Special Needs Children is a programme that has to be legally completed by 31 March 2018. It started in September […]
Council is deliberately misleading Parents over the Special Educational Needs transfer programme; it is NOT “on target”.
For the Parents of the 1200+ children who require a statement of Special Educational Needs it is a daily grind to ensure that they get what they are entitled to from the […]
Last week, David Hall, the Head of Brackensdale Junior School made a presentation to parents and members of the community on Derby City Council’s proposed changes to the Vision for Special Needs […]
Over a 1000 children in Derby have Special Educational Needs (SEN). A document is compiled by Derby City Council which specifies the nature of their needs, and the provisions that will be […]
Open Letter to Cllr Russell – Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, copied to all other 50 Councillors Dear Cllr Russell You will recall that just after the Council Cabinet on 12th […]
Time is running out for Derby City Council on children with Special Educational Needs (SEN)! The Government gave all Local Authorities 3.5 years to convert existing SEN statements to the new, and […]
Derby City Council do not make it easy for Parents with Special Educational Needs (SEN) children, and it is about to get a lot worse for those whose children are over 16. […]
Letter to Cllr Banwait : Why you were booed last night by Parents of Special Educational Needs children
Dear Cllr Banwait Being booed by a public gallery full of parents of children with special educational needs must be a first for a Leader of Derby City Council! These were not […]
The Derby Parent / Carer Forum ( an organisation led by, and for, parents of children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) in the City – funded by Department of Education) ran a […]
Children with Special Educational Needs are a declared priority for Derby City Council, and specified as a “Must Do” in its 2015-18 Plan: “… responding to the demands of legislative changes including; […]