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The Department for Education (DfE) has today published the SEND review. The Green Paper, SEND Review - right support, right place, right time, launches a consultation that seeks responses by 1st July 2022. BASE will be seeking member views on the SEND Review proposals before submitting a response.

The review has identified 3 key challenges facing the SEND and alternative provision system:

The Department for Education (DfE) is seeking views on proposals to reform technical and academic qualifications at level 2 and below, excluding GCSEs, Functional Skills Qualifications and Essential Digital Skills Qualifications. The consultation follows the call for evidence on level 2 and below study and qualifications published on 10 November 2020 and closes on 27 April 2022.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced the launch of the new Local Supported Employment (LSE) Initiative which will deliver live provision from October 2022 to March 2025 in approximately 20 Local Authorities (LA) across England and Wales. The aim of the grant funding is to help people with autism, learning difficulties or both into work using the Supported Employment model.

BASE promoted a webinar for Supported Businesses on 17 February. The aim was to update businesses on current policy and to get feedback on the pressures that they currently face.

The West London Alliance has published its 2022 West London Guide to Supported Internships. It contains the details of 32 supported internships in London and incorporates a map in the centre pages showing their locations.

Over 450 young people with learning disabilities are now undertaking Supported Internship programmes in London every year, with an average employment achievement rate of over 60%.

Dynamic Training are running a free webinar (funded by the Education and Training Foundation) for apprenticeship training providers and supporting services. The webinar runs from noon to 1.30pm on 29 March and will discuss methods of improving reasonable adjustments to the apprenticeship journey and promoting inclusivity. Everyone is welcome to join.

Dynamic Training in partnership with subject experts, Pearson, advise on reasonable adjustments for English and maths Functional Skills, assessment and End Point Assessment to ensure no learner is disadvantaged. 

The Public Accounts Committee has published a report  following its inquiry in to the Kickstart programme.

In its report the committee says it supports the Department for Work and Pensions’ “intention of supporting young people into work at what was expected to be a downturn in employment opportunities” - but the £1.9 billion “emergency intervention” Kickstart scheme has supported far fewer young people than predicted, “early delivery was chaotic” and DWP “neglected to put in place basic management information that would be expected for a multi-billion-pound grant programme”.

The Department for Education has published details of engagement on a tender exercise for a programme to strengthen the delivery of Supported Internships. Supported Internships (SIs) are a work-based study programme for 16-24 year olds with SEND who have an Education Health and Care (EHC) plan, who want to move into employment and who need extra support to do so. SIs are designed to equip young people with the skills they need to secure and sustain employment through learning in the workplace.

The DfE is considering its commissioning approach for the delivery of the 'Strengthening the Supported Internships Programme' contract. We want to build the capacity of the programme and are aiming to double the number of SIs from c.2,250 internship enrolments per annum to c.4,500 per annum by 2025. We anticipate awarding contracts up to a total maximum value of £8,000,000 including VAT:

The Government has published updated statistics on the employment status of disabled people. They show surprising increases to employment rates for people with learning difficulties, autism and mental health conditions. The figures below are taken from Table 8a of the data tables at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/the-employment-of-disabled-people-2021

The statistics in the report are based on 3 key data sources:

We are very pleased to announce the official launch of the Government Opportunities (GO) Scottish Public Procurement Online Conference, which will take place on 3rd March 2022.

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