From March 2023 SEC’s main focus is on responding to the proposals set out in the SEND and Alternative Provision Improvement Plan. SEC will be working with the DfE to ensure the proposals set out in the plan abide by the current legislative framework on SEND.
Our ability to build agreement across our wide membership is particularly important during this period and is well recognised by policy-makers. We provide a key coordinating role for the sector during the passage of education legislation through Parliament and are proud of the influence we had over improvements to the Children and Families Act in 2014, see below:
- The application of the legal framework to young people in custody;
- Stronger duties on health and social care services to deliver those elements of an Education, Health and Care plan;
- The application of EHC plans to young people in apprenticeships;
- The inclusion of disabled children and young people within key sections of the legislation;
- Strengthening rights for young people over 18 in education.
We are closely involved in the early development of policy and legislation, retain positions on a number of Department for Education advisory groups, and maintain a strong reputation with Ministers, civil servants and Parliamentarians of all parties.