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16 December 2009

On 16 December Brian Lamb wrote to the Secretary of State and submitted his final report. The Secretary of State’s response is available to read. Brian Lamb launched his report at an event at 1 Great George Street today.  

25 September 2009

On 25 September Brian Lamb wrote to the Secretary of State recommending the strengthening of the SEN responsibilities of schools working together in Behaviour and Attendance Partnerships. He also sent to the Secretary of State the national study of eight Lamb Projects, Lamb Inquiry: LAs’ learning from the eight projects, and recommended further pilot projects to improve parents’ confidence in the SEN system. In today’s press notice the Secretary of State agrees to Brian’s recommendations.

3 August 2009

Brian Lamb has today submitted his reports on the Quality and clarity of statements and Inspection, accountability and school improvement to the Secretary of State. In his accompanying letter, Brian outlines his recommendations, including two statutory changes: one to provide a right of appeal for parents if a local authority decides not to amend a statement after a review; one to place a specific duty on Ofsted to report on the quality of the education provided for disabled children and children with SEN. The Secretary of State’s reply accepts Brian’s recommendations and commits to finding a legislative opportunity to make the changes.

31 July 2009

The Lamb Inquiry call for evidence closed on 30 June 2009. Just over 3,400 replies were received: 1,941 from parents, 544 from school staff, 516 from other professionals working with children schools and families and 400 students. Brian Lamb would like to thank everyone who took the trouble to respond to the call for evidence. The responses are being analysed and are an important source of evidence for the Inquiry.

29 April 2009

Brian Lamb has today submitted his Report to the Secretary of State on the Lamb Inquiry Review of SEN and Disability Information. In his accompanying letter, Brian outlines his recommendations and identifies further issues arising from evidence to the Inquiry so far. The Secretary of State’s reply accepts Brian’s recommendations and asks Brian to report to him again in July on issues relating to statements and the inspection framework.


Brian LambThe Lamb Inquiry was established as part of the Government’s response to the House of Commons Education and Skills Committee Report Special Educational Needs: Assessment and Funding. The Lamb Inquiry, under the chairmanship of Brian Lamb, the Chair of the Special Educational Consortium, will investigate a range of ways in which parental confidence in the SEN assessment process might be improved.

To advise him, Brian Lamb has brought together a diverse group of expert advisers and a broader reference group of professionals and parents. These two groups represent extensive networks and bring a wide range of experience to the process of evidence gathering.

The Lamb Inquiry has been asked to:

  • consider a range of ways in which parental confidence in the SEN assessment process might be increased;

  • commission and evaluate innovative projects in these areas;

  • draw on the evidence of other work currently commissioned by the Department;

  • take into account the evidence of the submissions to the two Select Committee Reports in 2006 and 2007.

The Inquiry started its work in March 2008 and reported in June 2008 on the commissioning of innovative projects and initial areas of focus for the Inquiry. The projects ran for the school year September 2008 to July 2009.

Brian Lamb wrote to the Secretary of State in December 2008 outlining concerns identified in discussions with parents’ groups. The Secretary of State’s reply outlines the action proposed by the Government. In his reply the Secretary of State asked Brian to undertake a review of SEN and disability information and to report to him in April 2009.

Brian Lamb will report in October 2009. The findings of the Inquiry will be available to the Ofsted SEN survey of 2009/10 and will help to inform national developments.

The call for evidence to the Inquiry has now closed. If you need to contact someone about the Lamb Inquiry, please contact: philippa.stobbs@dcsf.gsi.gov.uk


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