A new single early years setting and school based category of SEN. A new single assessment process and ‘Education, Health and Care Plan’ by 2014 to replace the statutory SEN assessment and statement, Before introducing the new single assessment process and ‘Education, Health and Care Plan’, for statements of SEN, we intend to reduce the time the current statutory assessment process takes and explore how to tackle delays in the provision of advice for the statutory assessment. More transparency in the provision of services for children and young people who are disabled or who have SEN. Parents will have real choice over their child’s education and the opportunity for direct control over support for their family.
Local authorities and other services will set out a local offer of all services available to support children who are disabled or who have SEN and their families. The option of a personal budget by 2014 for all families with children with a statement of SEN or a new ‘Education, Health and Care Plan’, many of whom will have complex support needs.
Key workers will be trained to advise families and help them navigate the range of help available across health, education and social care. To transfer power to professionals on the front line and to local communities we will: strip away unnecessary bureaucracy so that professionals can innovate and use their judgement; To give parents a real choice of school, either a mainstream or special school, and to remove the bias towards inclusion and propose to strengthen parental choice by improving the range and diversity of schools from which parents can choose, making sure they are aware of the options available to them and by changing statutory guidance for local authorities.To introduce greater independence to the assessment of children’s needs, testing how the voluntary and community sector could coordinate assessment.
The intention to tackle the practice of over-identification by replacing the current SEN identification levels of School Action and School Action Plus with a new single school-based SEN category for children whose needs exceed what is normally available in schools. To introduce an indicator in performance tables which will ive parents clear information on the progress of the lowest attaining pupils; Starting with those judged by OFSTED to be outstanding, all maintained special schools will in due course have the opportunity to become Academies; and parents and members of local communities will be able to establish new special Free Schools.
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