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Ministerial changes and what’s next for the SEND Green Paper

The last 24 hours of political turmoil have seen changes in the ministerial team responsible for the SEND policy and legislation including the Green Paper. Nadhim Zahawi has been promoted to Chancellor of the Exchequer and Michelle Donelan has replaced him as Secretary of State for Education. Will Quince, Children and Families Minister has resigned his position. At time of writing we have no news of his replacement.

Since 2017, there have been seven Children and Families Ministers (soon to be eight). The NNPCF are well versed in meeting new Ministers and introducing them to the work of parent carer forums. Whilst Ministers change, the challenges faced by our children have deepened and regardless of who is in post, we will continue to represent the views of parent carer forums to the best of our ability and work with officials behind the scenes.

What does this mean for the SEND review and the work of the NNPCF?

At time of writing, the SEND Green Paper remains in place and reform of the SEND system remains government policy. The NNPCF are continuing to meet with Department for Education officials to progress the work of the Green Paper and we will carry this work on until plans formally change. We continue to engage with the continuing consultation process – for example, yesterday NNPCF Co-chair Mrunal Sisodia met with DfE officials to plan a series of “stress test” workshops to look at how the new proposed system will meet the needs of some of the children that have been let down by the current system and today, the NNPCF board are meeting with DfE officials to brainstorm what the new national standards might look like.

Webinar with Minister Quince Monday 11 July

Clearly, Will Quince will no longer be attending the webinar planned for Monday. However, we intend to proceed with the Webinar and are currently in discussion internally and externally (including with the DfE) on alternatives.

We know this time will be especially unsettling for our families but do rest assured we will continue to focus on our priorities and will keep you updated on any developments.