Will Quince shares ambitions for children and young people with SEND
By Rachel Lawler
Children and families minister Will Quince has written an open letter to all parents and carers of children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).
The letter promises to deliver on the delayed SEND Review “quickly”, although he also noted the importance for the review to be “robust” and the need for some of the feedback received to be checked. The minister also explained the importance of listening to children, parents and carers, SEND organisations and experts across the early years, education, health and care, as part of the review.
The minister has also announced the launch of a new SEND Review Steering Group, bringing together representatives for parents, schools, colleges and the early years sector, including the Alliance’s director of quality improvement Michael Freeston.
The Group will assist the government with its SEND Review, advising on proposals due to be shared in a green paper in “the first three months of 2022”.
Proposals due in 2022
While the minister would not share any specific details of the proposals ahead of their publication, he did comment that early intervention need to be improved, local variation reduced and make it clearer what support and services should be offered.
The minister added: “Over the coming months, I will be making more visits and listening to children, young people and their parents and school, college and local authority staff, as well as meeting with SEND organisations and experts, across education, health and care. Their views will influence the proposals we set out in a full public consultation. I strongly encourage people to get involved in that consultation. Your views really matter.”