Following the publication of the National Audit Office report into SEND (you can find a link to the NNPCF news story here http://www.nnpcf.org.uk/national-audit-office-report-on-send/?LMCL=UpfhZI ), the influential Public Accounts Committee has launched an inquiry into SEND.
NNPCF co-chair, Mrunal Sisodia was invited by the committee to give evidence on the 30th September. Mrunal was joined on the panel by Richard Kramer from SENSE representing the Disabled Children’s Partnership, Phillipa Stubbs from the Council for Disabled Children representing the Special Educational Consortium and Matthew Keer from Special Needs Jungle.
The Public Accounts Committee considers how effectively government policies have been implemented and, in his evidence, Mrunal emphasised the importance of coproduction and the frustrations of parent-carers who are not listened to and do not get access to services until they are in crisis. He highlighted the experiences of children with SEND in mainstream schools as being a particular concern.
Mrunal also spoke about how SEND services needed more money and a greater priority from local leaders. In addition, the money that is in the system is not being spent effectively because of poor joined up working and commissioning across Education, Health and Care services.
You can watch the evidence session here https://parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/4201eaf8-85f9-4f4f-b83c-80616d072fb9
It also featured on Today in Parliament on Radio 4 (starts approximately 19 minutes in) https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m00098q0