Education: Special Education Reforms

Reforms that are intended to give children with special educational needs (SEN) and their parents a greater influence in the support they receive have been introduced in England. Councils must now publish a “local offer” showing support available to all disabled children and their families. Until now, the parents of a child with SEN had to ask the education authority to complete an assessment, and only the most severe cases received a statement that outlined the difficulties and support that would be given. With the new system, health and care needs are incorporated with educational needs until the age of 25.

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