Contact: An update on changes to special education in Wales

2 November 2017
Source: Contact

The Welsh government is planning a new system of support for children with additional needs in education.

The Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill, will replace statements of special educational needs with an “Individual Development Plan”. If passed, it could become law in 2019.

STATEMENTS OF SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS ARE STILL IN PLACE FOR NOW

Until the law changes, the current system of support for children with SEN will remain in force.

Kate Wyke, Contact Wales manager, says:

“We have been really concerned to hear from parents that they are being told by some professionals and local authorities that they ‘are no longer doing statements’.

“It’s really important that parents know that the current system of support remains in place. This means all local authorities must keep their legal duties to identify and assess children’s special educational needs and, where necessary, arrange educational provision through a statement of special educational needs.”

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