New guidelines have been released today to ensure pupils who have Down’s syndrome are being offered the best education in schools. The Educational Guidelines document sets out exactly what teachers and institutions should be doing to improve the availability and quality of education for learners who have Down’s syndrome.
We are understandably getting many calls from parents asking for advice to support them in making decisions about their child returning to school in September. We understand that this prospect may raise many questions for you and will differ depending on the particular needs of your child and the setting they attend. We thought it […]
The House of Commons Education Committee has recently published the Government’s response to the 2019 report on special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA) are active members of the Special Educational Consortium (SEC) and members of this group gave evidence to the committee. Our involvement in this influential group means we […]
The Education Committee has today published the report of its inquiry into special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). They have concluded that this generation is being let down by the current system, and that parents are facing a “titanic struggle” to find the right help and support. We contributed to the Special Education Consortium’s submission, […]
By Carol Boys, Chief Executive As the start of our 50th anniversary grows ever closer, I have been spending quite a bit of time in the last few weeks reflecting on past achievements for people with Down’s syndrome. One of the major milestones of the last fifty years was the 1981 Education Act. It introduced […]
Today, Gillian Bird, Services Director at the DSA, presented at the World Down Syndrome Day Conference at the United Nations, New York. She spoke about education…what has been achieved here in the UK, what works and what still needs to improve…we are concerned that some learners are being left behind. Few learners with complex needs […]
The Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA) is extremely concerned to hear of moves to cut drastically the funding for schools’ provision, especially where this appears to be an arbitrary decision of cutting bands of funding across the board. For any child, a good start in life obviously begins with high quality education, in schools with staff […]
By Julian Hallett, Services Development Manager On 24 January the long awaited Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill received Royal Assent. Many of you will be aware that we have been working alongside Welsh Government and partners across the statutory and voluntary sectors in shaping this important legislation, since it was first proposed, more […]
An edited list of links to useful resources from other organisations: New EHCP animations from Independent Support With support from DfE, Independent Support has produced two short animation films, which can be used by local authorities, front-line services, professionals and parent groups in their communications with parents and young people. They explain the Education, Health […]
Independent review looking at the outcomes and experiences of children and young people attending residential special schools and colleges.