Special Educational Needs

Department for Education written question – answered on 9th March 2020.

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Photo of Lord Touhig Lord Touhig Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 4 February (HL598), what progress they have made with the review of the support system for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities; and when they will publish a report on that review.

Photo of Baroness Berridge Baroness Berridge Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade) (Minister for Women), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The government is committed to carrying out the SEND review, first announced on 6 September 2019. In announcing that we are reviewing the system of support for children with special educational needs and disabilties, we acknowledged the challenges the system faces. We are committed to setting out plans to tackle these issues and build on our 2014 reforms which gave vital support to more children.

The review is ongoing and we will provide an update in due course. It is right that we take the time to consider how best to ensure support in different local areas is consistent, joined up across health, care and education services, and that high-quality health and education support is available across the country.

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