Planning for your child’s return to school

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 […]

Government’s response to 2019 SEND report

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 […]

Education Committee Inquiry on SEND

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, […]

Unacceptable cuts proposed for SEN services

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 […]

Wales Education Bill receives Royal Assent

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 […]

Information round-up – July 2017

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 […]