Children’s Services and Education Policies

The Whitehouse Consultancy has extensive experience in education and children’s services policy, supporting a range of organisations including education providers, membership organisations, Multi-Academy Trusts and children’s charities. We provide our clients with the advice and guidance they need to achieve their core aims across schools policy, funding, procurement practices, market access and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

Education and children’s services are undergoing significant reform, impacting on many organisations’ work and objectives. Changes to the National Funding Formula provide challenges and opportunities for Local Authorities, Multi-Academy Trusts and representative groups. We ensure our clients not only understand the changing policy landscape, but are proactively engaging with Government ministers and key officials, politicians and schools commissioners to inform and influence the changes taking place.

Highlights of our work over recent years include active involvement in the Bercow Review of services to children and young people with speech, language and communication needs; supporting stakeholders in their interactions with the Government during the passage of the Children and Families Act and its accompanying SEND Code of Practice; assisting new school providers navigate the changing policy environment of Academies and Free Schools policy; and supporting client input into a review of the funding structure for training of educational psychologists in Wales, which led to securing sustainable funding arrangements and front page coverage in the national and education press.

We have worked with the National Association of Independent Special Schools and Non-Maintained Special Schools (NASS), London Leadership Strategy, SPARX, The Communication Trust, Association of Educational Psychologists, I CAN, and Communication Matters.


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