Special needs pupils in 'fragmented' system

Extract from BBC, 14 October 2015

A series of changes has left pupils in England with special educational needs and disability (Send) in a “fragmented” system, a charity has said.

The Driver Youth Trust report says the changes have caused confusion and a greater variation in the quality of help offered.

The charity calls for a review of support for children with Send.

The Department for Education (DfE) said many families had reported finding the new system more straightforward.

The Driver Youth Trust outlines a number of changes since 2010 that have affected children with Send and their families.
It highlights the Academies Act 2010, which enabled more schools in England to become academies, free from local authority control, as well as changes in 2012 aimed at ending disparities in school funding.

Also, in September 2014, a new special educational needs (SEN) code of practice came into force in England, with the stated aim of putting pupils at the centre of their education planning.

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