Special Educational Needs

Education written question – answered on 7th September 2011.

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Photo of Graeme Morrice Graeme Morrice Labour, Livingston

To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will take steps to ensure that implementation of the proposal in his Department's Special Educational Needs Green Paper to remove the bias toward inclusions of pupils with special educational needs does not prevent such pupils from accessing mainstream education.

Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather The Minister of State, Department for Education

The proposals set out in the special educational needs and disability Green Paper, “Support and aspiration”, will not lead to any lessening of parents', rights. In the move from SEN statements to Education, Health and Care Plans parents will retain the right to request a mainstream education for their children if that is what they want and local authorities will still be under a conditional duty to send those children to mainstream schools and those schools will be under a duty, or obligation in the case of academies, to admit the child.

Except in prescribed circumstances, children with SEN but without statements must be educated in mainstream schools and this will continue to be the case following introduction of the new plans.

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