About Matt Keer
Matt Keer is the parent of two deaf children. He had to take his LA to the SEND Tribunal, to get the educational provision his children needed. It was a bruising time. In an blog on the NDCS campaign site, Matt said, "We got there in the end, as a family. We went through Tribunal, some of us broke briefly, but we mended ourselves and the boys finally – finally – now have a full shot at life. It was worth it – but it never, ever, should have been this way. It never should have been allowed to be this way."
Matt was part of the SNJ delegation to the Department for Education to feed into the Lee Scott inquiry and dug deep to highlight taxpayer funds paid by local authorities to the law firm in the BS Twitter Storm. He's great at finding and analysing obscure data that SEND departments would rather you didn't know about.
Matt's posts on SNJ
SEND Inspections: Moving ahead but illegality must be called out
Accountability is not a word that parents often used to associate with the world of special educational needs and disability.…Continue reading »
Legal victory for Bristol parents against SEND cuts – what does it mean for other areas?
Last Friday, the High Court handed down a judgment with far-reaching implications for families of children & young people…Continue reading »
£600 million SEND reforms: Disabled children have had poor value for money
Money. A chorus of voices are speaking up, telling us there’s not enough of it. Parents, teachers, unions, local authorities,…Continue reading »
EHCPs in 2018: Are we ‘bedded in’ yet?
It’s the second May Bank Holiday – and for sad people like me, that means a special treat. Because that’s…Continue reading »
Ofsted/CQC inspections MUST become a permanent part of SEND. Here’s why.
We’re almost two years on from the biggest change to SEND accountability in a generation – the introduction of local…Continue reading »
LA Watch: Dodgy SEND policies, parent power and how to fight the cuts!
One of the joys of being a parent of a child with special educational needs is working out why schools…Continue reading »
Zombie Statements: Councils to miss legal EHCP transfer deadline for thousands of children
After a turbulent 2017, we’re all hoping for better things for the world of SEND this year. But however things…Continue reading »
The £70 million council costs of fighting – and losing – against parents at the SEND Tribunal
We all know that money's tight in public services, not least in providing for children with disabilities. It's not surprising…Continue reading »
Battle of The Bands: The rise of ‘banding’ for funding SEND
Is your child getting an EHCP? Have you talked to your school about SEND support recently? Has your LA tried…Continue reading »
LA watch: Beware the EHCP Assessment Exception “loophole”
It’s the last week of the year in most English schools. A week to take things a bit easier, tidy…Continue reading »
Overcoming barriers to help my deaf children succeed
I’ve got two deaf boys. They’re brighter than I am. They’re more determined than I am. They work harder in…Continue reading »
Who’s writing your child’s EHCP? Your outsourcing questions answered
About six months ago, SNJ began looking into something that local authorities have become increasingly keen on - outsourcing the…Continue reading »
Half a billion and counting: Tracking the SEND reforms spending
We’re now well over two years into the SEND reforms, and the reform journey so far has been long, winding,…Continue reading »
Ofsted Local Area SEND Inspectors: The good, the bad & the ugly
If you’re reading this, then you’ll know that the Government reformed the English SEND system in 2014. Inspectors from Ofsted…Continue reading »
Ofsted/CQC SEND Inspections and Parents: More Than A Feeling?
Six months ago, Ofsted & the Care Quality Commission began inspecting how well local areas are implementing the September 2014…Continue reading »
Not co-production: Was your child’s Education, Health and Care plan outsourced?
Tania's note: Matt Keer, the parent of children who are deaf, is a whizz at figures. He's written for us…Continue reading »
Why SEND department targets mean ‘culture change’ reform may never happen
Today's guest post, from father of two deaf sons, Matt Keer, may shock you. It may, as it did to…Continue reading »