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Upper Tribunal SEN Case Can Home be Placement in EHCP

The Upper Tribunal recently considered an appeal on the Education Health and Care Plan for a young man in East Sussex [LINK]. The judgment included the following:

“Theo’s home is where he lives. It is not a proper use of language to say that his home is somewhere ‘to be attended by’ him. Nor is it a proper use of the word to describe his home as an institution, whatever the specific meaning of that word” 

Specialist solicitor Ed Duff has commented that “The issue of whether home tuition can be named in an EHCP is new. The Education Act specifically permitted it. The Upper Tribunal has noted that the Children and Families Act has no equivalent provision enabling home tuition to be named.” 

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Checklist LAs Ofsted inadequate + relevant links

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NSPCC Common Themes Serious Case Reviews

The Government has been saying for quite a while that there is a problem with Serious Case Reviews. In January 2016 the Department for Education  published a Policy Paper  which said “We need a deeper and more sophisticated understanding of why mistakes occur and how the system can learn to avoid them. This requires overhauling the serious case review process…”

The NSPCC is in an odd position here.

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Leicester Home Education Policy


Leicester City Council is considering whether it needs to make changes to its Elective Home Education Policy and has asked for comments by April 29th 2016. It is important to note that the council hasn’t produced a new draft, rather it is asking for comments on the current Policy. Continue reading

clarification from DfE on inspection out of school setting

Added January 6th: this is in relation to the English Government proposing a registration scheme for “out of school settings” where an individual child receives 6 hours instruction or training a week. The Department for Education says “This proposal is not about regulating the education that parents provide their children in their homes.”

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my first 20 blog posts

I started blogging a month ago. These are my first 20 blog posts Continue reading