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New parliamentary inquiry into SEND support in England

Wednesday 2nd October 2019

This week one of the most influential parliamentary committees heard evidence from parent carers and charities about support for disabled children and special educational needs (SEND) in England.

You can watch the hearing on Parliament Live

This new inquiry from the public account committee, which is made up of cross-party MPs, has been triggered by a report from the National Audit Office (NAO) last month.

The report has found that while some pupils with SEND receive high quality support, many other pupils are not being supported effectively. Those who do not have Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans are particularly exposed.

The report concludes that the system for supporting pupils with SEND is not financially sustainable, and many local authorities are failing to meet the demand for support within their high-needs budgets  

The role of the public accounts committee is to scrutinise value for money of public spending. It holds the government and its civil servants to account for the delivery of public services. This inquiry will add to the growing body of evidence around support, funding and outcomes for disabled children. It follows the recent announcement about a government led SEND review, and an inquiry from the education select committee that received more than 700 submissions.

The Committee heard oral evidence on Monday 30 September from Mrunal Sisodia, parent carer and Co-Chair of the National Network of Parent Carer Forums; Richard Kramer, Vice Chair of the Disabled Children's Partnership; Matthew Keer, parent carer from Special Needs Jungle; Philippa Stobbs, Assistant Director of the Council for Disabled Children.

A further oral evidence session with the Department for Education will take place in October or early November. The Committee is also taking written evidence. You can submit your views online.

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