Bury North MP James Frith urges local parents and schools to engage with Select Committee inquiry into special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

The Committee’s new inquiry is intended to review the success of the government’s 2014 reforms to support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, how they have been implemented, and what impact they are having in meeting the challenges faced by children and young people with SEND.

James said:

“I urge local parents, schools and support organisations to submit evidence to this inquiry to demonstrate what is happening on the ground in terms of the support our children and young people are getting with their additional needs and what more the government needs to do.”

SEND inquiry terms of reference – call for written submissions

The Education Committee undertook pre-legislative scrutiny of the Children and Families Bill and published its report in 2012. The Committee is now considering the impact and implementation of part three of the Children and Families Act 2014.

The Committee is inviting written evidence on the following by 14th June 2018:

  • Assessment of and support for children and young people with SEND
  • The transition from statements of special educational needs and Learning Disability Assessments to Education, Health and Care Plans
  • The level and distribution of funding for SEND provision
  • The roles of and co-operation between education, health and social care sectors
  • Provision for 19-25-year olds including support for independent living; transition to adult services; and access to education, apprenticeships and work

In line with the general practice of select committees, the Education Committee resolved on 12 September 2017 to not investigate individual cases. The Committee understands that personal experiences will form an important part of many submissions, but requests that any written evidence directly addresses the terms of reference set out above.

Written evidence may be submitted confidentially or on the basis of anonymity; please make it clear at the beginning of your submission if you want this to be the case. Evidence may be edited prior to publication to remove personal information.

Send your submission to educom@parliament.uk, copying in James on contact@jamesfrith.org.

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