Special Educational Needs
Edward Timpson (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education; Crewe and Nantwich, Conservative)
The Government published draft legislative provisions for special educational needs in September 2012, including proposals for local authorities in England to publish a local offer of services for children and young people with special educational needs, including those who are disabled. The local offer would set out what families can expect from local services across education, health and social care and the eligibility criteria for accessing those services where appropriate. The local offer would include information about how to seek an assessment for an Education, Health and Care Plan. Local authorities would be required to involve local children, young people and families in developing their local offer to ensure it takes account of their needs.
The draft special educational needs provisions are being scrutinised by the Education Select Committee. The Government will give careful consideration to the Committee's report when framing the legislation for introduction to Parliament.