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8 Sep 2014

Access arrangements and reasonable adjustments

JCQ publish regulations for the academic year 2014/15.

JCQ has published their updated Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments document for the academic year 2014/15 and an accompanying document which summarises the principal changes.

Schools should carefully read the statement on page 1 which sets out which members of staff need to be familiar with the contents of the document. Potentially one of the most significant changes is SENCos being responsible for assessing, processing and entering arrangements online as well as holding the evidence for inspection purposes.

When processing applications for access arrangements, it is now compulsory for the candidate’s UCI and/or ULN to be entered in addition to the candidate number. ISC contacted JCQ to find out whether this would have an adverse impact on independent schools as ULNs are not mandatory for them. JCQ has confirmed that independent schools will currently be using UCI numbers for GCSE and GCE candidates and the inclusion of the UCI number when processing an on-line application should therefore not be problematic.

17 Aug 2016 Special Educational Needs and Disability

Mental health in education

The Institute of Public Policy and Research (‘IPPR’) have published details about a new study

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2 Jun 2016 Special Educational Needs and Disability

Ofqual consultation on specifications on reasonable adjustments

Ofqual consultation

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8 Apr 2016 Special Educational Needs and Disability

High Needs Funding

DfE has launched a consultation on High Needs Funding Reform.

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3 Mar 2016 Special Educational Needs and Disability

Guide for health professionals

DfE has issued a guide for health professionals.

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6 Nov 2015 Special Educational Needs and Disability

High Needs Funding Arrangements

DfE has recently published information for local authorities and institutions about the high needs funding arrangements for 2016 and 2017.

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1 Mar 2015

Mental health and behaviour in schools

Departmental advice for school staff from the Department for Education.

3 Mar 2015

SEND Code of Practice FAQ for Independent Schools

Frequently Asked Questions for Independent Schools on the SEND Code of Practice and the Children and Families Act 2014.