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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 ambitions must be set to support children with SEND.

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SEND and Covid: challenges and opportunities

SEND and Covid: challenges and opportunities

3 key recommendations for responding to the challenge and opportunities which the crisis has presented for SEND

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Guest blogpost: Heather Sandy, Lincolnshire CC

Guest blogpost: Heather Sandy, Lincolnshire CC

Heather Sandy is the Director of Children’s Services for Lincolnshire County Council. IMPOWER have been supporting the council in relation…

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Proactively identifying potential risk in the community: 5 tips

Proactively identifying potential risk in the community: 5…

Covid-19 has presented new safeguarding risks for vulnerable children and families living in our communities.

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Reflections on CSDG’s ‘Destination Unknown’ SEND report

Reflections on CSDG’s ‘Destination Unknown’ SEND…

The Children’s Services Development Group (CSDG) latest report highlights a shocking statistic.

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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 Budget

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Guest blogpost: How parents added value to Valuing SEND in Herts

Guest blogpost: How parents added value to Valuing SEND in…

In Hertfordshire, IMPOWER’s Valuing SEND programme demonstrated the right values from the outset by involving parents through parent carer forums.

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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 more inclusive and financially sustainable SEND system.

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Guest blogpost: Valuing Care in Stockton-on-Tees – what have we learned, and where next?

Guest blogpost: Valuing Care in Stockton-on-Tees –…

'We have already achieved better outcomes for some of our young people, and we think this could save us around £4.2m a year.' Martin Gray, Director of Children's Services at Stockton Council.

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Home-to-school transport: independence and influence

Home-to-school transport: independence and influence

Reflections on the LGA's recent report, and the 3 key areas that need to be focused on

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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 High Needs system.

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Which Councils Are Best? 2019

Which Councils Are Best? 2019

Our new report is out: which councils are in the Top 10 this year?

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