Special Educational Needs

Department for Education written question – answered on 28th April 2022.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the proposal in his Department's SEND review to allow families with disabled children to pick a school from a pre-defined list, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of that proposal on the health of disabled children in the event that schools on that list do not meet their needs.

Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the proposal in his Department's SEND review on determining the level of support that disabled children receive from a national banding system, what assessment he has made of the compatibility of that proposal with the aim of providing support to each disabled child based on individual need, as set out in the Children and Families Act 2014.

Photo of Will Quince Will Quince The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The SEND and AP green paper sets out our proposal to establish a single national SEND and AP system setting national standards for how needs are identified and met across education, health, and care to address inconsistency across the SEND system in how and where needs are assessed and met.

This includes consistent processes for how individual needs are identified and recorded and the appropriate provision to meet those needs, including best practice in reasonable adjustments for disabled children, such as those children with a sensory impairment and the full range of appropriate types of support and provision for meeting different needs.

The department is consulting on the proposals for a tailored list of placements and the development of a national framework of bands and tariffs and will fully consider the impact of these proposals on disabled children, including the impact on their health and meeting their individual needs as the department takes this forward.

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