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Exclusive: Law flouted as pupils forced to wait more than a year for SEND support

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Jan 5, 2018.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    ‘Around 1,000 pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) have had to wait over a year for the specialist support plans to which they are legally entitled, a Tes investigation reveals.

    Education, health and care plans (EHCPs) – billed by the government as a means of “changing the landscape for children with SEND” – set out the extra provision that some pupils must receive, such as the number of hours they should spend with a teaching assistant each week.

    Local authorities have a statutory duty to issue them within 20 weeks of a parent asking for their child to be assessed for one, although the government has been clear that the process should be made faster “wherever possible”. ‘


    What are your thoughts about pupils having to wait more than a year for SEND support? What should be done to ensure that children get the support they need?

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