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Sarah Teather tells Select Committee that draft Children and Families Bill will be published in September

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    20/06/2012

Disabled children's charities urge the Government to base legislation on clear evidence that changes will create a better system

Sarah Teather was questioned by the Education Select Committee today (Wednesday 20th June) about the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) aspects of the forthcoming Children and Families Bill.

She told the Select Committtee: 'We would like to delay slightly publishing our draft Children and Families Bill until September 2012 to give the pathfinders more time to do their work.'

The Select Committee also heard evidence from disabled children's sector representatives Philippa Stobbs, Vice Chair (Policy), Special Educational Consortium; Jane McConnell, Chief Executive, IPSEA; Professor Brahm Norwich, Professor of Education Psychology and SEN, University of Exeter; Martin Bacon, Principal, Swavesey Village College; and Debbie Jones, Director of Children's Services, Lambeth, and President, ADCS.

Philippa Stobbs, Vice Chair (Policy), Special Educational Consortium, urged the Government to base any legislation on clear evidence that proposals will create a better system, saying ''There needs to be good, strong evidence that proposals will create a system that is better than what is currently available. It is crucial that every stage of legislation is based on this evidence -from primary legislation, to regulations and ultimately changes to the Code of Practice."

Information on the Children and Families Bill SEND can be found here