The report from the Lamb Inquiry was published today. The Lamb Inquiry was set up as a result of the Government's response to the House of Commons Education and Skills Committee Report Special Educational Needs: Assessment and Funding. The Inquiry's remit was to consider how parental confidence in the SEN assessment process could be improved, initiate and evaluate relevant projects and draw upon the work undertaken by the Department in this area.
The findings of the report have been accepted by the Government. These include:
The implementation of a new system of "statementing" pupils which is more transparent and that enables parents to be more fully engaged with the process. This is the process by which a Local Authority would determine the level of need and provision for children with significant special educational needs. (Traditionally, estimated at 2% of the population). It is also intended that this process should be driven by the child's needs rather than allocated funding levels set by the Local Authority. This has lead to a great deal of variability of provision across the country.
Brian Lamb said "There needs to be a radical recasting of the relationship between parents, schools and local authorities to ensure a clearer focus on the outcomes and life chances for children with SEN and disability".
To this end the Local Government Ombudsman will have extra funding to deal with parental complaints in this area and the Anti-Bullying Alliance will be funded to address bullying issues in relation to SEN and Disability.
"The Inquiry recognises that there are significant developments under way in teacher training and that the full impact of these developments is not yet felt in schools. The SEN and disability resources for initial teacher training and the proposed resources for induction, build on Quality First Teaching and will significantly enhance the skills of new teachers at the start of their career. By the time there is a significant number of newly qualified teachers with this new training as part of their preparation, there will be a much greater awareness of SEN and disability and this will enhance the ability of schools to identify, assess and provide for children with SEN. In addition, as it is disseminated, the Inclusion Development Programme (IDP) will enhance the skills of teachers already in service. Taking into account initial training and the IDP, there will be many more teachers with the core skills in SEN and disability that all teachers need in all schools." p 29
Brian Lamb has presented his findings at the SENCo Update Conference in April 2010.
Statementing, Formal Assessment, Statements, The Lamb Report, The Lamb Inquiry