Minister Edward Timpson today announced the extension of the SEN and Disability
Pathfinders for 18 months to run through to September
2014. The Minister made this statement while giving evidence
to the Education Select Committee on the proposed SEN and
The Minister stated that "the overwhelming view is that
we are moving in the right direction, but we want to get this right
and if that means listening for a little longer, then we will do
The Minister also assured the committee that families' current
protections under the existing statementing system will be carried
through to the next system. This includes the right to request an
assessment, which within the provisions will be extended to GPs
He also explained that the code of practice and regulations will
help put "meat on the bones" of the framework
outlined in the draft provisions.
The Minister also said that the Department for Education is
working closely with the Department of Health to ensure health play
a greater part in a new SEN and disability system.
Mr Timpson stated that Government will be looking at the NHS
mandate and at redress in the NHS constitution, as well as
ways there can be links between Joint Strategic Needs Assessments
and Health and Wellbeing Boards.
Within education Mr Timpson reinforced that the same duties
and responsibilities will be on academies and free schools as
well as maintained schools.
You can view the live video feed from the Select Committee on
the Parliament UK website.
You can view more information including a summary of the draft
provisions within the policy section of the CDC