Education committee to hold SEND inquiry

MPs on the parliamentary education committee will hold an inquiry into support for children with special education needs and disabilities (SEND).

The committee’s probe will examine the impact of “wide-reaching changes” to the SEND system introduced by the government in 2014. These reforms included a move to replace statements of SEND with education and health care plans.

“It has been four years since major SEND reforms were introduced and it’s important we examine whether the government’s stated ambitions for simpler, improved and consistent help for children and young people with SEND have been met,” said Robert Halfon, the committee chair.

“There are rising concerns about the quality and access to SEN provision which the committee we will want to explore in this inquiry. The committee’s current inquiry into alternative provision has heard considerable evidence that children with special educational needs are disproportionately excluded from school and overrepresented in alternative provision.”

Schools can make written submissions to the inquiry here.

More to follow.