Special Educational Needs

Education written question – answered on 17th December 2012.

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Photo of Graeme Morrice Graeme Morrice Labour, Livingston

To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether it is his intention that disabled children with health or care plans will have their needs met through the local offer.

Photo of Edward Timpson Edward Timpson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

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.

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