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.”
There is no single page on GOV.UK which contains links to all relevant statistics on special educational needs. The main SEN statistics page is missing a direct link to tribunals and only has partial data on school absence and exclusion. The presentation of data became more fragmented in 2015.
The Welsh Government has just published the responses to their consultation on the draft Additional Learning Needs and Tribunal Bill. The Bill itself has yet to be published in final form. (A summary list of respondents is provided on pages 35 – 41 here) I found these quotes from parents on pages 852-3
Beginning in May 2016, over the next 5 years all “local areas” (not the same as local authorities) will be visited by 2 Ofsted inspectors and 1 CQC inspector.
The inspectors will be looking at how local areas support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities to achieve the best possible educational and other outcomes.
UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2016: The main way for parents to give feedback is via a webinar which is announced in the week preceding the visit. An example of webinar information is here. The Parent Carer Forum can also collate feedback. NEGATIVE FEEDBACK FROM PARENT/CARERS WAS A PROMINENT FEATURE IN THE HERTFORDSHIRE INSPECTION REPORT.