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Nasen response to the draft legislation on reform of provision for children with Special Educational Needs

Nasen welcomes the draft legislation launched on 3rd September reflecting the radical changes that were initially proposed in the SEND Green Paper published in March 2011. Nasen is pleased that Sarah Teather, the Minister of State for Children and Families, has asked the Education Select Committee to carry out the pre – legislative scrutiny of the draft clauses and it is hoped that the Select Committee will consult widely on these. During the next few weeks nasen will be seeking the views of its members to hopefully feed into that consultation process.

Lorraine Petersen, nasen’s CEO says: The initial SEND Green Paper (March 2011) the Next Steps document (March 2012) and this resulting draft legislation will have a radical impact on how schools support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in the future. I welcome this commitment from the government to improve the SEN system and thus improve the life/educational chances of our most vulnerable young people. We need to ensure that all the work that is currently taking place especially within the Pathfinders and the voluntary and community sector is not wasted and will support the final legislation as it passes through Parliament. We have a real opportunity to make sure that this legislation secures a better future for all children and young people.

The initial points to highlight are:

The full report is available at:

Nasen will be making a more detailed response to the draft legislation after consulting with its members and other interested parties.

Please feel free to leave your comments below.  If you would like to make a more detailed submission please sent it to me direct using

Lorraine Petersen OBE

CEO nasen



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