Special Educational Needs

Department for Education written question – answered on 22nd February 2018.

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Photo of Lucy Powell Lucy Powell Labour/Co-operative, Manchester Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reasons his Department closed the E-Forum for Special Educational Needs Coordinators on 18 November 2017; and if he will take steps to re-open that forum as a matter of priority.

Photo of Nadhim Zahawi Nadhim Zahawi The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The National Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCO) forum is a valuable resource and the department continues to host the IT platform that supports it. We are aware that some members are experiencing some issues in accessing the forum following a wider migration of business applications and services. We are working hard to resolve these problems.

We are committed to working closely with the Chair of the forum to secure the future of the SENCO forum and ensure it is accessible to as many users as possible.

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