Children: Autism

Education written question – answered on 9th September 2011.

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Photo of Graeme Morrice Graeme Morrice Labour, Livingston

To ask the Secretary of State for Education

(1) how he expects schools to monitor the progress of children with autism, including those who do not have a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan;

(2) whether he proposes that all children with autism will be given an action plan, including children without a statement of special educational needs on an education, health and care plan.

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

Local authority maintained schools in England have a duty and academies an obligation to use their best endeavours to make the special educational provision called for by a child's learning difficulties, including children with autism. The provision and progress of children with statements of special educational needs (SEN) must be reviewed at least annually and the SEN and disability Green Paper proposed that the provision for, and progress of, children with education, health and care plans should be reviewed regularly.

Schools can draw up individual education plans for children with or without statements. The Green Paper said that a revised SEN code of practice would look at new approaches to planning, reviewing and tracking pupils' progress which reduced the bureaucratic burdens on schools associated with individual education plans.

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