More money promised to enable children with special educational needs
On the 10th January 2017 the Government issued a press release promising a multi-million pound package to support children with special educational needs and disability.
The minister for vulnerable children and families, Edward Timpson has provided a budget of nearly 60 million from April 2017. The additional finding is to enable all pupils to transition to the new special needs system by 2018.
The aim is to enable families of children special educational needs transition more smoothly between the provisions set out in the Education Act 1996 and the Children and Families Act 2014, in particular, to help families transfer from statements of special educational needs to education health and care plans.
The funding includes:
- £15 million for the independent supporters program run by The Council for Disabled Children.
- 2.3 million for parent care forums.
- £1.8 million has been provided for contact a family to support individual parental care forms , their own national care forum and helpline.
- The most significant amount of money has been promised to councils (£40 million) this investment an increase of 4.2 million from the last year is to support them make effective plans for the important final year of transition to the new special educational needs system.
While the provision of further money will assist families and local authorities alike there is still a concern that the aim to transfer all pupils with a statements of special educational needs to an education health and care plan within such a short period seems to be unrealistic.