Snapshots from the world of SEND


  • 16 June: issue 16 of The SEND Practitioner published (a special issue for the Autism Show featuring Dr Temple Grandin, Steve Silberman and Dr Sue Sheppard)
  • 17 and 18 June: exhibited at the Autism Show, where Dr Sue Sheppard spoke about the innovative work in schools supporting learners with autism
  • 22 June: ‘What parents told the government’s review into the SEND reforms’
  • 23 June: the Brexit vote fell in favour of the UK leaving the European Union by a slim majority.
  • 23 June: ‘Poor pupils are still let down’, warns Ofsted boss
  • 24 June: Dr Mark Turner (our director) responded to the Brexit vote
  • 27 June: ‘How will Brexit affect children and young people with disabilities
  • 27 June: our learning design and psychology team popped over to Krakow for EU-funded project: Q-Tales
  • 28 June: ‘Two-thirds of parents fear child’s mental illness a life sentence’
  • 29 June: Ofsted considers scrapping outstanding grade, says new chief inspector
  • 30 June: Real Group reviewed the reforms with colleagues at London’s SEN Policy Forum.


  • 1 July: the DfE sent an update on the EU referendum result and its impact on the DfE
  • 4 July: concerns raised that special schools are being ‘left out’ by the academy system
  • 7 July: delegates encouraged to enrol on our new one-day face-to-face Assessment and Access Arrangements Update (AAU) course
  • 8 July: Nicky Morgan presses ahead with the process of appointing Amanda Spielman as the new Ofsted boss – despite concerns about her suitability.
  • 13 July: our delegates graduated from Middlesex University
  • 13 July: Dr Sue Sheppard penned a super piece on the importance of developing flexible programmes of support for learners
  • 14 July: SEN finally to be part of England’s core teacher training
  • 15 July: Kay Bedford OBE left Swiss Cottage School, after 21 years at its helm.
  • 16 July: Edward Timpson MP confirms that he will remain Minister of State for the DfE.
  • 25 July: DfE updated its SEN statistics


  • 3 August: DfE published the July edition of their SEND newsletter
  • 3 August: we interviewed the Children’s Commissioner for England (Anne Longfield OBE) for issue 17 of The SEND Practitioner.
  • 4 August: Sue wrote an important piece on whether initial teacher training should include specialist autism training
  • 15 August: a poll of education staff suggests that too many pupils with SEND in England lack crucial support
  • 19 August: an excellent overview of exam access arrangements and the key role that they play
  • 22 August: sad news about the recent passing of Brian Rix. He made a huge contribution to Mencap and SEND during his lifetime
  • 23 August: Ofsted boss in Isle of Wight row quits
  • 24 August: during July and August, the DfE published five outcome letters from inspections of local area services for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities
  • 25 August: we officially welcomed four new colleagues to our growing organisation (Hannah Fairall, Abby Grieve, Andrew Heap and Katie Hickmott)
  • 31 August: the European Commission signed off our Q-Tales collaboration in Luxembourg.

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