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Special Educational Needs

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 6 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether he plans to introduce a fast-track statementing process for children with very high needs. (169840)

There are no plans to specify different timescales for the statementing of children with different levels or types of special educational needs (SEN). A significant part of the statementing process is a thorough assessment of the child's needs, in order to determine the appropriate provision to meet those needs. The Government's response to the July 2006 Education and Skills Select Committee report on SEN announced that Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools will review progress in the current system in 2009-10. We will then consider, in the light of HMCI's advice, whether changes are needed to the current framework.