The NNPCF co-chair Mrunal Sisodia gave evidence to the House of Commons Education Select Committee on 24 May, when a session was held on the SEND Green Paper consultation.
Mrunal was joined by IPSEA chief executive Ali Fiddy, Local Government Ombudsman Michael King and Imogen Jolley, Head of Public Law at Simpson Millar.
In the evidence session Mrunal spoke to key points on the SEND Green Paper, including:
- The need for the incentives in the overall education, care and health system to be aligned with the needs of SEND children, young people and their families.
- The need for improved accountability in the sector to ensure that when needs were not being met issues could be addressed.
- The need to listen to families and drive early intervention and stop families getting to crisis point before help is given. This increases needs, creates anger, frustration, mistrust, and costs more money.
- The need for the Green Paper to say more about long term outcomes for young people with SEND beyond education such as employment, community inclusion and independent living.
- NNPCF support for national standards in SEND provision that, if set properly and implemented effectively, would help to drive greater clarity in what families can expect and what services need to provide.
- Parental concerns about naming a setting from a suitable list for children with EHCPs.
- The importance of strong advocacy and independent support for parents, for example through SENDIAS services and keyworking.
- The role of Ofsted and the desire from parents that no school should be classified as good or outstanding without being good or outstanding for SEND.
You can find a recording of the session here: The Government’s SEND Review – Committees – UK Parliament