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Written Statement - Summary of responses to the consultation ‘Forward in Partnership for children and young people with additional needs’

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The consultation seeks views on the reform of the registration and approval of independent schools in respect of special educational needs (SEN).
Huw Lewis, Minister for Education and Skills

Last year the Welsh Government consulted on the proposals to reform the legislative framework surrounding the provision for children with special educational needs. The document set out a wide range of proposed changes to the ways in which children are assessed and their needs are met. The proposals set out a vision of a needs led approach which sought to integrate the planning of the provision of services to meet a child’s needs across the various agencies involved with their family.

Over 200 responses were received from a wide variety of stakeholders including parents, children, schools, local authorities, health boards, teaching unions, professional bodies, the Children’s Commissioner for Wales and many more. The majority of respondents agreed with the principles of the proposals. Full details of the responses can be found online.

Many of those who responded asked for further details on the proposals.  My officials will be seeking views from stakeholders in the autumn with a revised consultation document to be published before the end of the year.