Changing special education services in Calderdale

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Special Educational Needs services in Calderdale are changing for the better, according to the council’s education spokesman Coun Ashley Evans.

Calderdale Council was chosen as a “Pathfinder” to assess the Government’s new approach to special education.

“Our service is well regarded nationally and we have an opportunity to influence new national policies and lead the improvements,” said Coun Evans (Lib-Dem, Warley).

The main changes include replacing the present statement of SEN and learning difficulty assessment by an integrated assessment and a single Education, Health and Care Plan.

Families with a plan will have the right to a personal budget for their support and the right to express a preference for a place at any state-funded school.

“There are some concerns in relation to the longer term, so the fact that a number of key proposals are being trialled through the pilots is to be welcomed.”