Last week the Department for Education announced important news for education, and particularly for children with Special Educational Needs.
The Education White Paper will improve the education of thousands of children around the country. The Parent Pledge is at its heart – a commitment that if a child falls behind in English or maths, the right support will help get them back on track:
- Schools will offer a minimum school week of 32.5 hours by September 2023 - particularly important for schools which have been cutting their hours.
- Ofsted to inspect every school by 2025, including ‘outstanding’ schools they haven't seen for many years.
- By 2030 all students to be taught in a school either in, or joining, a strong multi-academy trust – a measure that aims to transform underperforming schools and deliver the best outcomes.
- At least £100m to put the Education Endowment Foundation on a long term footing so it can continue to evaluate and spread best practice nationwide.
- All schools to have access to funded training for a senior mental health lead.
There are also bold new plans to improve support for children with special educational needs and disabilities and in alternative provision.
We have announced a green paper to consult on a stronger national system for children with special educational needs and disabilities – ending the postcode lottery of uncertainty and accountability as we level up opportunities. This includes setting new national standards, simplifying the Education, Health and Care Plan, changing the culture and practice of mainstream education, and improving workforce training for staff in educational settings.
We are determined to ensure every child with special educational needs has an excellent education and the opportunity to realise their potential.
We are now running a consultation on this - please have your say, so that together we can build a strong, sustainable system where all children and young people succeed and are prepared for adult life.
To view the SEND Review please click here.