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A Message From Fiona Nicholson at EdYourselfThis will be the last update before the Summer holidays. I wanted quickly to flag up a number of ongoing issues and recent events which will have an impact on home educating families. Firstly, the DfE's consultation on the Special Educational Needs Green Paper closes this Thursday June 30th. As you may know, the Green Paper suggested that local authorities use their powers under the Education Act to support home educated children with a statement of SEN and also those who had formerly been on School Action Plus, but nothing was said about funding. The Green Paper also proposes to scrap statements and replace them with Single Assssment Health, Education and Care Plans for "the most vulnerable." Another plan is to have compulsory mediation before a case gets to tribunal and a third idea is to introduce Personal Budgets for families where children have a Single Assessment. DfE is currently considering bids for pathfinder pilot areas to begin in September 2011. I have put together a page of information and links about the SEN Green Paper consultation, with a suggestion that people send a brief email directly to the consultation team making a few points about key issues rather than fill out the 60 question online consultation form.
June 22nd: Legal Aid retained for Special Needs Tribunals but excluded for Welfare RightsA list of excluded services may be found on page 115-6 (Schedule 1 Civil Legal Services Part 1 Services) of the Legal Aid and Sentencing Bill 2011. Information about SEN tribunals may be found on page 118 (Schedule 1 Civil Legal Services Part 3 Advocacy)
June 18th: New Search Facility for Ed YourselfA quick plug for the new improved search facility on this website devised yesterday by my home educated son Theo. Entering a phrase such as "leaving age" into the search box will now return matching titles and matching content in separate columns. Please give it a try!
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