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Review finds Government’s SEND reforms are failing young people and parents

The National Autistic Society reports on a parliamentary committee review of support in schools and colleges for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), including autistic children, in England. The committee concluded that the education system is not working for children with SEND. Not enough is being done to make sure that every child and young person with SEND receives a high standard of education, nor to guarantee that all schools are inclusive.

The Education Select Committee made a long list of recommendations to the Government. They urge education ministers not to make any further reforms to the system, and not to water down schools’ and local authorities’ legal duties.

Jane Harris, Director of External Affairs at the National Autistic Society, said:

Autistic young people and their parents will be relieved that MPs have shown they understand the devastating experiences they have been through. But being heard isn’t enough. The Government must act now to make sure that schools and local authorities have the resources they need to support children properly.

Date added: 23 October 2019