Special Educational Needs

Department for Education written question – answered on 17th June 2022.

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Photo of Mick Whitley Mick Whitley Labour, Birkenhead

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if his Department will take steps to simplify the process of referring a young person for a Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) assessment.

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

As per the proposals set out in the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Alternative Provision (AP) Green Paper, the department proposes to create new national SEND standards spanning early years providers through to further education. These standards would make consistent the provision, processes and systems that should be made available across the country for every child and young person with SEND, acting as a common point of reference for every partner within the SEND and AP system.

The standards will set consistent processes for decision making on how a child or young person’s needs are identified and recorded and instruct on how and when an assessment should take place, who should be involved in the assessment process, and how the information and evidence collected should be recorded and monitored.

All of the proposals within the Green Paper are currently open to a full public consultation, closing on the 22 July, and the department will be listening carefully to all views expressed to ensure the policies secure the department’s ambitions to improve outcomes and parental confidence in the system. The department is committed to ensuring everyone has the opportunity to take part in the consultation and encourages everyone to do so.

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