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Government Green Paper

09 July 2012

The government proposes a programme of reform to the health and education of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in their green paper to take effect from 2014. Dyslexikit welcomes the proposals in principle. A summary of the main proposals follows:

  • Include parents in the assessment process and give them control over the funding for support.
  • Replace statements with a single assessment and an education, health and care plan including input from social, health and education services.
  • Assessment plans will run from birth to 25.
  • The School Action and School Action Plus systems will be replaced by a simpler school-based category to help teachers raise attainment.
  • There will be an overhaul of teacher training and professional development.
  • Inject greater independence from local authorities in assessments by looking at how voluntary groups might co-ordinate the package of support.
  • Parents to have greater choice of school.
  • Parents and community groups to be given the power to set up special free schools.