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SEND inquiry launched

SEND inquiry launched

12th May 2018

The Education Select Committee has launched an inquiry into education for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). This will be a wide-ranging inquiry to review the changes to SEND education since the 2014 Children and Families Act

 The committee's chair, Robert Halfon MP (Conservative) said

It has been four years since major SEND reforms were introduced and it’s important we examine whether the Government’s stated ambitions for simpler, improved and consistent help for children and young people with SEND have been met. There are rising concerns about the quality and access to SEN provision which the Committee we will want to explore in this inquiry.

The Committee has not included questions in its call for evidence but rather a list of the key areas on which it would like evidence: 

  • Assessment of and support for children and young people with SEND
  • The transition from statements of special educational needs and Learning Disability Assessments to Education, Health and Care Plans
  • The level and distribution of funding for SEND provision
  • The roles of and co-operation between education, health and social care sectors
  • Provision for 19-25-year olds including support for independent living; transition to adult services; and access to education, apprenticeships and work

Assistive technology is relevant to each of these areas and the APPGAT will submit evidence to the inquiry, using the finding of past meeting, our coming symposium on assistive technology in schools, and written evidence from associate members. The committee will receive written evidence until the 14th of June, and is expected to hold oral evidence sessions after that date.