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Government launches major review into SEND support

Friday 6th September 2019

The government has today, Friday 6th September, launched a major review into support for children with special educational needs in England.

The review, announced five years after SEND reforms were introduced in 2014, aims to improve the services available to families needing support, equip staff in schools and colleges to respond effectively to their needs as well as ending the postcode lottery of services they often face.

Responding to the government announcement Amanda Batten, CEO of Contact said: "We welcome the review announced today. It's right that five years since the SEND reforms were introduced the government takes stock and assesses how they've been implemented, and what impact they are having in meeting the challenges faced by the families we support.

"It's vital that parent carers are at the heart of this review - their confidence and engagement is essential to improving the system. We look forward to working with the government as the review progresses.

Today's announcement follows the government's spending round earlier this week that included £700 million for special educational needs in schools.