Special Educational Needs and Disabilities updates and news

This page has updates for parents, carers and families of any news, updates, consultations and events that are happening locally.

Last updated: 20 February 2024

School Travel Service update

View the latest update regarding the School Travel Service.

How to improve your child's school attendance and where to get support

Department for Education logoAs a parent, it can be difficult to know when to send your child into school if they are feeling unwell or anxious, but finding solutions is a team effort between schools, parents and children, and there is support and information available to help you make the best decision for your child.

Read more about the campaign and find support and guidance at Education Hub.

Upcoming local area joint SEND Inspection

Ofsted logoSouthampton City Council and their partners will soon be inspected by Ofsted and CQC to see how well they work together to improve the experiences and outcomes of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Inspectors from Ofsted and CQC will visit the local area and will talk to providers of services and the Parent Carer Forum. The main way that the Inspectors will talk to parents and carers and children is by a questionnaire which they will send out before they visit. In a small number of cases they may also talk directly to families.

The inspections are carried out in line with the area SEND inspection framework and handbook.

You can also view an easy-read guide to local area SEND inspections.

Department for Education - Free School Transport explained

On Friday 3 November, the Department for Education published a blog post on free school travel, aimed at parents: Free school transport explained: From who’s eligible to how it works - The Education Hub. The post was created in response to local authorities’ feedback that they often find it challenging to manage parents’ expectations. It aims to support parents’ understanding of the eligibility criteria and to answer some commonly occurring questions. You can read the blog post here.