An ad-hoc series linking to newsworthy stories from around the web that may affect your family.
I didn’t watch the ‘Dispatches’ programme on Channel 4 this week. Its focus was on children who are not in school.
The programme blurb said:
‘As the number of children leaving school in favour of home education doubles, Dispatches asks why, and if parents’ rights to remove a child are coming before the education, or safety, of children.’
After the pre-Budget chatter yesterday that mentioned that money would be specifically allocated to children’s mental health provision, we’ve been watching the news feeds with first interest, and then disappointment, as nothing specific was announced by Philip Hammond.
We’ve just taken a look at the Budget 2018 documents and have found the following that are relevant to children.
Following on from our discussion about SEN exclusions in our last post, there’s recently been a landmark Court case here in England that should give parents of children with SEN needs more leverage against school exclusions going forward.
What’s the background to the case?
The little boy in the case, who has been known only as L, hit a teaching assistant at school and, as a result, was given a one and a half day exclusion. Continue reading
It’s not every day that you hear the words “fraud” and “scandal” to describe the education system in England in respect of alternative provision for our children with SEND. But that’s exactly what happened in a piece on BBC Breakfast last week. Continue reading