What now for the national SEND Review?
Last autumn it felt like SEND was high on the political agenda nationally. In September 2019, it was five years since the Children and Families Act brought in the current SEND system, including EHC Plans, and there was some honest discussion about whether these reforms had lived up to hopes and expectations.
The Education Committee published the report of its inquiry into special educational needs and disabilities, which said that the reforms had the right ideas, but too many challenges had got in the way of implementing them, not least inadequate funding. The government announced a national SEND Review to plan for the next five years, and significant additional funding for SEND.
So it looked like things were moving ahead for a good look at how to get SEND back on track, but then the election was called and everything stopped. At Amaze we hope to see the new government restart the SEND Review and really look at what is needed to deliver the vision of the Children and Families Act for families in Sussex and throughout the country. We will do our best to let parents and young people know when this happens and how you can be involved if you want to be.
We will be taking every opportunity to be involved in the national SEND Review through our membership of the Disabled Children’s Partnership and the IASSN national network, as well as supporting PaCC and ESPCF to do so too.
Read more about what we are doing for the SEND review in our CEO Rachel’s January round-up
And you can find an excellent summary of where we’re at here: