The new Minister for Children and Families, Will Quince MP, has given a keynote speech at the nasen Live 2021 SEND CPD conference where he addressed the SEND Review.
In his speech, Minister Quince reiterated his commitment to the ongoing work of the SEND Review. He expressed that the Review is a priority for him, the Secretary of State and the government.
Minister Quince went on to say:
We have been taking time to properly consider the impact of the pandemic, and the extensive feedback we are receiving about our ongoing work. It is so important to get this right and make sure our proposals help everyone, regardless of their background, build back better from the pandemic.
The government began the Review because we are determined to level up outcomes for children and young people with SEND and focus on preparing them for later life and adulthood.
We also need to improve people’s experiences of the SEND system, and we need to make sure our investment of £8.9 billion into the high needs budget in 2022-23 is targeted, and distributing resources, in a way that best ensures people’s needs are met as quickly and effectively as possible.
I want to thank the many, many people – including NASEN, parents and carers, charities and those working in local government, education, health and care services – who, throughout the Review, have shared their views about what works and what needs to improve.
There is a lot of work to be done, but I share the views we have been hearing from many in the sector that the need for reform is urgent. The next key step will be to develop a set of proposals on which we will have a full public consultation.
It is important that as many people as possible let their views be heard, so we can really hone in on improvements to the SEND system that will have a lasting change for the better.
Minister for Children and Families, Will Quince
Dame Christine Lenehan, director of the Council for Disabled Children said
We welcome the new Ministers interest in SEND , his willingness to listen and his confirmation that the SEND review will continue to conclusion and consultation.
Dame Christine Lenehan, director, CDC