Special Educational Needs

Education written question – answered on 7th February 2012.

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Photo of Peter Aldous Peter Aldous Conservative, Waveney

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the introduction of Education, Health and Care Plans on the proportion of people with (a) special educational needs and (b) autism, in full-time employment.

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

The single Education Health and Care Plan will follow the young person from birth up to the age of 25 if they remain in further education. All the services including education, health and social care will be required to work together to agree a plan which reflects the young person's needs and their future ambitions covering education, health, employment and independence. The plan will also include reviews focusing on progression towards the young person's aspirations. We expect that the single Education, Health and Care Plan alongside the other proposals in the SEND Green Paper will give young people with special educational needs, including those with autism, the best chance to succeed and progress to full-time employment if appropriate.

20 pathfinders, involving 31 local authorities and their health service partners, are currently testing out some of the Green Paper recommendations, including the Single Education, Health and Care Plan. We intend to publish our future plans, which will take into account the responses from the Green Paper consultation and early findings from the pathfinders, shortly.

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