6 August 2015
A discussion paper, published today by Research and Information on State Education (RISE), calls on the Government to keep the impact of recently introduced legislation on the education of children and young people with special educational needs and disability under continuous review.
The Coalition government began implementation of the Children and Families Act 2014 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice 2014 in September 2014. Ministers described these changes as “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” for those with special educational needs and disability (SEND). Since then, concerns about the implementation process and the extent to which the changes are improving practice have led to disquiet among disabled people and the parents and carers of those with SEND.
In the paper Transformation or an opportunity lost? Nick Peacey, Visiting Research Associate at UCL Institute of Education, University of London, argues that, while the reforms enhance aspects of the previous English SEND framework, they:
In the light of such evidence, Nick Peacey concludes that the newly-elected Conservative government should review the 2014 SEND legislation and regulation and the environment in which they are being introduced. He makes recommendations that include: