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Education Committee to scrutinise the Government’s SEND Review

20 May 2022

The Education Committee will hold an evidence session examining the strengths and weaknesses of the recently published special educational needs and disability (SEND) Review on Tuesday 24 May at 10am.

Background info

The SEND Review evaluates the current SEND system and the reforms introduced in 2014. It also outlines proposals for changes to both the SEND and alternative provision system in England.

Purpose of the session

This session will focus on the former set of proposals. With the SEND Review identifying the “adversarial” nature of the SEND system, and that disadvantaged children have more challenges accessing support, the Committee is likely to examine whether the Government’s proposals will help to make the system more collaborative and level the playing field.  

MPs are also expected to ask whether the SEND Review’s proposals to set national standards do enough to end the “postcode lottery” of SEND provision. The Committee may also discuss recommendations made in the Education Committee’s 2019 report on SEND provision, such as extending the powers of the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman, which have not been included in the SEND Review. 

The session will be translated by a British Sign Language translator.  

Witnesses

Tuesday 24 May from 10am: 

  • Ali Fiddy, Chief Executive, Independent Provider of Special Education Advice (IPSEA)
  • Imogen Jolley, Head of Public Law, Simpson Millar
  • Michael King, Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman
  • Mrunal Sisodia, Co-chair, National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF)

Further information

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