To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his Department's review of special educational needs plans to address the recommendations of the Lamb Inquiry review of social educational needs and disability information in respect of piloting arm's length educational psychology services; and if he will make a statement.
The overall finding of the Lamb Inquiry was that by addressing support needs early, ensuring parents were listened to and that there was a real focus on outcomes, parental confidence increased. The Green Paper will be informed by the Inquiry's findings, including those around the operation of different educational psychology service models, such as those at arm's length of the local authority. We will, for example, be looking with interest at the outcomes of local authority innovative SEN projects which are currently under way. These projects include a focus on the provision of educational psychology services at arm's length and ways of providing direct access to educational psychology services for parents.