Lamb Inquiry: Special Educational Needs

House of Lords written question – answered on 27th February 2012.

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Photo of Lord Condon Lord Condon Crossbench 27th February 2012

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether all the recommendations of the December 2009 Lamb inquiry into special educational needs and parental confidence have been fully implemented.

Photo of Lord Hill of Oareford Lord Hill of Oareford Conservative 27th February 2012

The Government announced a wide ranging review of SEN and disability in September 2010 and at that time it said that the Lamb inquiry's recommendations would be considered as part of that. Support and aspiration, the Government's SEN and Disability Green Paper, published in March 2011 recognised the findings of the Lamb inquiry. The majority of the inquiry's 51 recommendations made in December 2009 have already been implemented, or have informed the proposals set out in the Green Paper. Notably, the Achievement for All programme, which has led to significant improvements in academic and other outcomes for pupils with SEN, has been expanded and is now available to any school that wants it; information for parents will be improved through our proposed local offer for families to clarify what support is available and from whom; and by 2014, children and young people aged from birth to 25 who would currently have a statement of SEN or learning difficulty assessment will have a single assessment process and education, health and care plan for their support. The Government's response to the consultation on our proposed reforms will be published shortly.

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