SEND figures have increased for the third consecutive year in a row
For the third consecutive year running, the number of pupils with special education needs (SEND) has increased, moving from 14.6% to 14.9% at the start of this year. This headline figure has been garnered from the Department of Education and shows that more than 1.3 million pupils are now classed as having Special Education Needs.
Could instant messaging transform the school application experience on National Offer Day?
Over the past ten years I have seen technology grow at an astounding rate and I’m always interested in how we can apply this to improve the lives of Children and Families.
Tomorrow is National Offer Day, a day in which parents around the country receive the news they were looking for or dreading.
Bi-Borough councils improve SEN systems infrastructure
Bi-Borough councils, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster City Council are to improve IT systems infrastructure across the SEN service to deliver better digital care. The authorities have awarded OLM a contract to replace existing systems with the implementation of next-generation case management system, ECLIPSE, to support the SEN (special education needs) service and integrated case recording.
Children's Social Care
OLM secures place on the G-Cloud 11 Framework
The UK Government G-Cloud Framework is an initiative targeted at easing procurement by public-sector bodies in departments of the United Kingdom Government of information technology services that use Cloud computing.
Angus Council are live with ECLIPSE
Angus Council’s ECLIPSE software goes live, enhancing systems of support for Children and Families.
Early support and prevention services need to be applied at the start of a vulnerable child's life to steer them in the right direction
Getting the right start in life is essential. Children are products of their surroundings and a tough childhood can lead to being ‘bounced around the system’. Early support services like Sure Start and Early Help teams can counteract these issues and ensure that each and every child receives the best start at life possible. With this in mind, you have to ask yourself why these services are closing down across the country, leaving children to fend for themselves.
Will NHSx make a difference?
Sounding like an extra from the next Terminator film, the new NHS Unit (NHSx) has been tasked with, ‘Driving forward the digital transformation of health and social care’. A noble cause and one that we applaud. Fax machines belong in a museum and not within the confines of a modern healthcare organisation, especially one that deals with an average of a million patients every 36 hours.
The NHS is free and therefore, why is Social Care not?
We assume that social care will, much like the NHS be free throughout our lives and with this precedence that the NHS creates, it is an understandable assumption. We have this illusion shattered at a point in our lives. In this moment, we find out that in reality, social care is not free and it is a bone of contention that continues to follow successive governments.
Managed security systems could have helped the NHS mitigate against the fallout from the WannaCry attack
Two years ago the world bore witness to a cyber-attack that did not limit itself to one sector or country. Managed security services could have helped to address the balance and mitigate against the fallout but is this a fair assessment? Did the government do enough to protect people and the NHS?