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Special needs schools and colleges are invited to apply for grants of between £15,000 and £75,000 through the Wolfson Foundation's Funding for Special Schools and Colleges grants programme. The funding is available for projects that are focused towards helping pupils to develop skills which would help them to gain employment or live independently after leaving school or college.  

The Education Committee has published its report on Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. It doesn't pull any punches and makes a series of recommendations.

Publisher: 
Charities
Topics: 
Apprenticeships, Transition
Year of Publication: 
2019
Type: 
Report

Access All Areas makes a series of recommendations about how to make apprenticeships more accessible to people with a learning disability.

Ofsted has updated its guidance on the new education inspection framework that comes into force from September 2019. Ofsted will refocus inspections of schools, early years settings and further education and skills providers, to make sure that learners are receiving a high-quality education that puts them on a path to future success.

Ofsted inspectors will spend less time looking at exam results and test data, and more time considering how a school, college or other education provider has achieved their results.

IPPR has published a report Plans that Work: Employment outcomes for people with learning disabilities looking at how additional support that is provided to children and young people with learning disabilities helps them properly prepare for adulthood, and considers how it might have to change to better achieve this.

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Learning disabilities, Transition
Year of Publication: 
2019
Type: 
Report

This short paper, from the IPPR  considers whether the additional support that is provided to children and young people with learning disabilities helps them properly prepare for adulthood, and considers how it might have to change to better achieve this.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is partnering with the Careers and Enterprise Company to recruit Enterprise Advisers for a national network that provides careers support within schools and colleges. CIPD says that the programme provides an opportunity for individuals to use their expertise to bring work to life and to shape the workplace of the future.

BASE member, The Castle School, welcomed OFSTED recently for a one day inspection with the outcome being that they remain Outstanding. The Castle School in Newbury was awarded the Team of the Year Award by BASE in 2017.

One of the key lines of enquiry was how the curriculum supported students appropriately to prepare them for adulthood which included an employment focus. 

In the report, OFSTED wrote:

The Careers and Enterprise Company, an employer-led and government-backed organisation that aims to increase employer engagement with young people, has announced that two-fifths of its £4.2 million annual fund will be targeted at programmes supporting children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), looked-after children and care leavers, and young people from gypsy, Roma and traveller backgrounds.

Ofsted has published its 2017-18 annual report. The report highlights concerns raised by Ofsted’s local area SEND inspections. These have shown that:

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