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Minister Edward Timpson announces extension of SEN and Disability Pathfinders

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    06/11/2012

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 disability reforms.

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 that."

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 also.

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 website.