Lack of evidence puts the brakes on SEN reforms

See this link to the Times Educational Supplement: http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storycode=6304966

Edward Timpson, Minister, admits pilot work on the changes is still ’embryonic’. There is particular concern about the costs of implementing this important new legislation and on seeing the effects of the first education, health and care plans as they are coming into fruition nationally, in the pilot schemes.

The Minister  announced the extension of the SEN and Disability Pathfinders for 18 months to run through to September 2014. The Minister made this statement while giving evidence to the Education Select Committee on the proposed SEN and disability reforms.

The Minister stated that “the overwhelming view is that we are moving in the right direction, but we want to get this right and if that means listening for a little longer, then we will do that.

The Minister also assured the committee that families’ current protections under the existing statementing system will be carried through to the next system. This includes the right to request an assessment, which within the provisions will be extended to GPs also.