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Written Statement - Revision of Inclusion and Pupil Support guidance

Huw Lewis, Minister for Education and Skills

In July 2015, I issued a written statement which provided an amended timetable for the revision of the Inclusion and Pupil Support guidance. As I outlined in my July written statement and in my update to the Children, Young People and Education Committee, I am committed to providing education professionals with the tools they need to develop inclusive education strategies. To prevent any further delay in publishing a final revised document, I will be issuing the draft for consultation on 17 December.

The revised document is intended to provide a foundation for schools and local authorities when planning an inclusive education service which focusses on a model of differentiated support for all learners.

As set out in my formal response to the Children, Young People and Education Committee’s Inquiry into Attendance and Behaviour and the University of Edinburgh’s Evaluation of education provision for children and young people educated outside the school setting; this amended guidance seeks to address many of the recommendations for Welsh Government.

The consultation will run until 11 February 2016. This is a shorter consultation period as the document raises no new policy obligations and only seeks to reinforce existing responsibilities. Although I am issuing this document for consultation during recess, throughout the revision of the Inclusion and Pupil Support guidance we have engaged extensively with stakeholders. My officials will continue to engage directly with key stakeholders to ensure that the revised document meets the needs of schools and local authorities.