Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND): Education Committee holds session with local authorities – Wednesday 8th May at 10am

The Education Select Committee is holding an evidence session with East Sussex County Council and the London Borough of Newham as part of the special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) inquiry.

The Committee previously held a session with local authorities in February.

This second hearing will be a further chance to explore the approach of different councils to supporting children with SEND and to follow-up on some of the evidence already heard during the inquiry.

The SEND inquiry is examining the success of the Government’s 2014 reforms to the SEND system.

It is exploring how they have been implemented, and what impact they are having in meeting the challenges faced by children and young people with SEND.

Witness schedule

Wednesday 8th May, Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster

At 10am

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) - Education Committee evidence hearing on Tuesday 19th March at 10am

The Education Committee’s latest evidence hearing for their inquiry on special educational needs and disabilities will include three panels of young people with SEND.

The Committee’s SEND inquiry is examining the impact of the reforms introduced in the Children and Families Act 2014. Tuesday’s evidence session is an opportunity for the Committee to hear about the experiences of young people with SEND. Young people will discuss the support they receive in school and college, the help they get to access employment, and talk about the characteristics of high-quality support and effective Education Health and Care Plans.

Future sessions of the SEND inquiry will be examining issues including tribunals and mediation and, in a planned evidence hearing in May, the Education Committee will question representatives from local authorities East Sussex and Newham about the implementation of the SEND reforms.

Witness schedule

Tuesday 19th March at 10am, Wilson Room, Portcullis House

This hearing will be broadcast live on Parliament TV.

At 10am

  • Ben, Eva, and Jordan

At 10.35am

  • Simran, and Kashifa

At 11.10am


  • Francesca, and Ella

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