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Head of SEN, head of disabled children team, head of children and young people team, head of school improvement, head of post-16 team.

Summary

The Government on 15 May published Support and aspiration: A new approach to special educational needs and disability - progress and next steps. This sets out the progress made and the next steps in taking forward the green paper reforms. It follows the announcement in the Queen's speech that we intend to bring forward legislation so that from 2014:

  •     Parents will know what they can reasonably expect their school,  college, local authority and services to provide through a clear, easy to understand local offer of support;

  •     Children and young people with statements or learning difficulty assessments in the current system will have a quicker, better integrated assessment and a single Education, Health and Care Plan setting out all the services they will receive for their support;

  •     Statutory protections comparable to those currently associated with a statement of SEN will be provided for 16- to 25-year-olds in further education so that young people will get the support they need wherever they are taught; and

  •     Parents will have greater control over the services they and their family use. Those whose children have an Education, Health and Care Plan will be able to express a preference for any state-funded school and have the right to a personal budget for their support.

Action required and due date

To note the progress made and next steps planned to introduce changes from 2014.