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Special Educational Needs: Finance

Department for Education written question – answered on 4th February 2020.

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Photo of Lord Blunkett Lord Blunkett Labour

Her Majesty's Government what progress, if any, they have made on establishing the membership, methodology and timescale of the review into the funding of special needs education for children in England.

Photo of Lord Agnew of Oulton Lord Agnew of Oulton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

​​In September 2019 the government announced a review of the support system for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

The SEND review is internal to the government. The review considers how the system can work best for all families whilst ensuring quality provision is more consistently available and improve child outcomes whilst improving value for money. The government recently called for evidence on the effectiveness of current arrangements to fund schools to support SEND pupils, and officials will consider this evidence alongside the review.

Our officials are working closely with stakeholders. There are 3 independent advisers on the cross-government steering group: Tony McArdle, Lead Commissioner in Northamptonshire County Council, former Education Endowment Fund Chair Sir Kevan Collins and Anne Heavey, National Director of Whole School SEND. We will provide an update on progress with the review and our plans for further engagement shortly.​

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