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Children and Families Act 2014 gets Royal Assent

What was previously the Children and Families Bill was given Royal Assent on 13 March 2014. It has been substantially amended in the course of the parliamentary process but, as I reported earlier, it will finally bring academies into line with maintained schools when it comes to Part 4 of a Statement of SEN. More…

Children and Families Bill 2013 would bring academies into line on SEN

As contemplated by the draft SEN bill published last autumn academies are – it seems – to be brought into line with maintained schools when it comes to SEN: the Secretary of State today (5 February 2013) announced the Children and Families Bill 2013, which includes (with some changes) what was trailed in the draft.…

SENDIST decides it cannot hear appeal by parent seeking academy place for their statemented child (UPDATED POST)

THE CONTENTS OF THIS POST HAVE NOW BEEN OVERTAKEN BY A DECISION OF THE UPPER TRIBUNAL AS DESCRIBED HERE. WHAT FOLLOWS BELOW IS THE ORIGINAL POST, UNCHANGED, IN CASE ANYONE WANTS TO SEE HOW THIS ISSUE EMERGED. ________________________________   As explained here there have been rumblings for some while about whether SENDIST would start refusing…

SEN Green Paper – what does it do for Academies?

UPDATE 3 SEPTEMBER 2012 – THIS IS NOW OVERTAKEN BY EVENTS – SEE THIS POST On 15 May 2012, the Coalition Government published its long-awaited Response to the consultation on the SEN green paper. It makes wide ranging proposals about changes to the framework of Statements of SEN  most of which raise no particular issues…

Who looks at acanofworms?

I’m delighted that there have now been been over 10,00 views (setttling down to an average of about 1,000 a week) of this blog. Judging by who follows acanofworms on twitter, they come from a wide range of backgrounds and interests, some pro academies, some anti academies and some just interested. Do all feel free…

Academies putting pupils on ‘reduced timetables’

I am seeing and hearing about a growing number of pupils being placed by Academies on ‘reduced timetables‘, or on ‘vocational courses’ despite being clearly capable of full time and more academic courses. I can’t refer to most of them in any detail because of confidentiality concerns. But I have been given permission by the…