Laura Sharman 06 September 2019

Whitehall to review support for children with special educational needs

Whitehall to review support for children with special educational needs image

The Government has announced a major review into the support offered to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

The review - which follows a £700m funding boost in this week’s Spending Round - aims to end the ‘postcode lottery’ of provision and improve the way families are supported.

It will examine how the system has evolved since the launch of Education Health and Care plans in 2014 and explore the role of health care in SEND in collaboration with the Department of Health and Social Care.

Education secretary, Gavin Williamson, said: ‘Our reforms in 2014 gave vital support to more children, but we know there have been problems in delivering the changes that we all want to see. So it’s the right time to take stock of our system and make sure the excellence we want to see as a result of our changes is the norm for every child and their families.’

Council leaders welcomed the review highlighting the fact that since 2014, the number of children with Education, Health and Care plans has increased by nearly 50%.

Cllr James Jamieson, chairman of the Local Government Association, said: 'The extra £700m for SEND announced in the Spending Round is recognition of these pressures and will help councils in meeting demand for support next year, but we believe that system reform is necessary alongside additional funding.

'We are keen that this review also considers inclusion because we want to see all schools become more inclusive, so that more children with high needs can be appropriately supported in mainstream schools.'

Collaboration is the key to tackling homelessness image

Collaboration is the key to tackling homelessness

With the support of stakeholders, including forward-thinking local authorities, Beam’s innovative support model ‘swiftly removes every barrier faced by homeless people from entering the workforce’, says Seb Barker.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Head of HR/OD

Babergh & Mid Suffolk
£60,000 circa
The role will involve working closely with the Senior Leadership Team and Chief Executive to lead our People Strategy and... Ipswich, Suffolk
Recuriter: Babergh & Mid Suffolk

Youth and Community Based Commissioner - Mid Essex

Essex County Council
£18117 - £19106.0 per annum
Annual Salary JNC Scale Points 3-6 £18,117 - £19,106 (1-2 in training) We are currently seeking a Youth and Community Based Commissioner to support t England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Strategic Rent Accountant

Camden London Borough Council
£45,504 - £52,786
The successful candidate will be self-managing, troubleshoot to overcome obstacles and have proven experience of working effectively with a... Camden, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Camden London Borough Council

Principal Policy and Projects Officer

Camden London Borough Council
£45,504 - £52,786
Successful candidate will be an experienced strategic thinker with experience of delivering large-scale programmes and projects. Camden, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Camden London Borough Council

Mental Health Social Care Manager

Suffolk County Council
£47,167
You will play a key part in the Mental Health Service provision in Suffolk, supported by our Mental Health Strategy... Ipswich, Suffolk
Recuriter: Suffolk County Council

Local Government News

Latest issue - Local Goverrnemnt News

This issue of Local Government News explores how councils can tackle modern slavery and trafficking in their supply chains, finds out more about Cambridge's first cohousing scheme and the launch of a new project to build a shared service pattern library for local government.

This issue also contains a special focus on children's services and how councils are protecting children following local safeguarding children boards being abolished.

Register for your free magazine