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High Needs 2020: which councils are best?

High Needs 2020: which councils are best?

Our list of the best performing councils for High Needs, as published by The MJ

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Local High Needs systems should set a shared ambition

Local High Needs systems should set a shared ambition

Working with people across the High Needs system, we have set 10 system ambitions to drive…

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High Needs Roundtable 2: setting out system ambitions

High Needs Roundtable 2: setting out system ambitions

As uncertainty continues over when and how children will fully return to the classroom, system…

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Achieving a sustainable High Needs system – it’s all about delivery

Achieving a sustainable High Needs system – it’s all…

Delivering on opportunities to drive earlier intervention is more important than tomorrow's…

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3 key themes from our first Valuing SEND Shared Learning Event

3 key themes from our first Valuing SEND Shared Learning…

Our recent Shared Learning Event discussed the pioneering role of Valuing SEND in achieving a…

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What does good look like in High Needs?

What does good look like in High Needs?

Last week, we brought together a number of sector leaders to discuss the challenges facing the…

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The missing piece: measuring need for children with SEND

The missing piece: measuring need for children with SEND

The impact of support provided to some of our most vulnerable children isn’t measured – but…

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High needs investment is welcome, but it won’t fix the system

High needs investment is welcome, but it won’t fix the…

Today’s announcement of an extra £700m for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) support will no doubt be warmly welcomed…

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Reflections from ADCS 19

Reflections from ADCS 19

I share my reflections on the recent Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS)…

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Which councils are best at supporting children with high needs?

Which councils are best at supporting children with high…

Our Top 10 ranking of councils in relation to high needs has today been published by The MJ.

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Crisis in high needs funding – a symptom of the fractured education system

Crisis in high needs funding – a symptom of the fractured…

Funding isn’t keeping up with demand pressures, but neither is national policy

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Tackling off-rolling by schools is welcome – but the problem is wider than that

Tackling off-rolling by schools is welcome – but the…

The number of children being electively educated at home is rising, and they are hidden from…

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More money for SEND isn’t the only answer

More money for SEND isn’t the only answer

Cultural issues across the SEND system, and a lack of focus on early intervention are also…

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Reflections on my year as a Deputy Director of Children’s Services: Models of Distributed Leadership

Reflections on my year as a Deputy Director of Children’s…

As a consultant, every council I have worked with has battled the same Gordian knot on senior…

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Reflections on my year as a Deputy Director of Children’s Services: The need to Stop, Collaborate and Listen

Reflections on my year as a Deputy Director of Children’s…

Working at a senior level in local government showed me that the need for coordination,…

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