Special educational needs and disabilities

The House of Commons Education Committee has published a report on children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) following an 18-month inquiry into Government reforms aimed at placing children and young people at the heart of the SEND system. Recommendations include: a more rigorous inspection framework for local authorities, with a greater focus on SEND in school inspections; a direct line for parents and schools to appeal directly to the Department for Education where local authorities appear not to be complying with the law; powers for the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman to investigate complaints about schools; and the development of more employment and training opportunities for post-16 young people.

Read the news story: Government’s special educational needs reforms failing young people and parents, say MPs
Read the report: Special educational needs and disabilities: first report of session 2019–2020 (PDF)