Funding to support SEND reforms announced
Edward Timpson announced a package of support for SEND groups and local authorities to help with the transition to the new SEND system.
Edward Timpson (Minister for Vulnerable Children and Families) announced on 10th January that there will be funding made available to help parents and families negotiate the SEND system, and for local authorities struggling to transition from Statements of SEND to EHCPs. The four areas are:
- £40million for local authorities (who were informed about their funding levels in December) to support them in completing the transition to EHCPs as quickly as possible (the target for completion is 2018, but many LAs are behind this target)
- £15million for the Independent Supporters programme, which supports families negotiating the SEND system
- £2.3million for Parent Carer Forums
- £1.8million for Contact a Family to run a national helpline for parents
Although schools will not directly see this funding, if it helps LAs to speed up the transition process, this should have a positive impact on pupils who still have Statements of SEND, those with EHCPs, and those applying for EHCPs. It also offers more channels of support for parents and carers.
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