Minister thanks council for swift SEND reform progress

Telford & Wrekin Council has been thanked by a minister for the swift transfer of young people with special educational needs to newly introduced education health and care plans.

Minister thanks council for swift SEND reform progress

Nadhim Zahawi MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State ofr Children and Families, has written to the council’s director of children and adult services Clive Jones.

“Completing the transfer of statements of special education needs to quality Education Health and Care plans is an important milestone,” said Mr Zahawi.

“I am pleased that your April data return to the Department shows you have successfully completed all your transfer reviews by the statutory deadline.

“I want to thank you, your colleagues and partners for the commitment and hard work you have shown to completing the transfers on schedule and to the families who have worked with you on this journey.

“Moving across to EHC plans should have enabled those children, young people and their families to feel the benefit of the reforms and to receive a more joined up approach to meeting their needs and improving their outcomes.”

Councillor Paul Watling, Telford & Wrekin Council’s Children and Adults Early Help and Support, said: “The Children and Families Act 2014 introduced the biggest changes to special educational needs and disability (SEND) support in a generation.

“The aim was to put children and young people with SEND at the heart of the process and ensure that they are supported all the way from 0-25 if needed.

“It has resulted in a very different way of doing things but I am pleased the minister has recognised the hard work that has gone in to move over to the EHC plans on time and I would like to thank all the staff involved for their hard work in achieving this.”