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Special Educational Needs

Department for Education written question – answered on 3rd June 2015.

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Photo of Louise Haigh Louise Haigh Labour, Sheffield, Heeley

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the availability of special educational needs and disability provision in schools.

Photo of Edward Timpson Edward Timpson Minister of State (Education)

Ofsted inspects the quality of provision, including that made for children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities. When inspecting a school, Ofsted must consider how well it meets the needs of the range of pupils, including those with special educational needs and disabilities. Inspectors will look for evidence that schools are enabling all pupils to achieve their full educational potential and make progress in their learning.

Local authorities in England have a duty under section 27 of the Children and Families Act 2014 to keep under review the educational, training, and social care provision for children and young people in their areas who are disabled or have special educational needs. They must consider the extent to which that provision is sufficient to meet the needs of those children and young people.

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