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Balls Sets out Plans to Give SEN Pupils Better Deal

Magazine article Public Finance

Balls Sets out Plans to Give SEN Pupils Better Deal

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Children's Secretary Ed Balls is to improve the support given to pupils with special educational needs by toughening up inspections and giving parents stronger powers.

Schools regulator Ofsted will be required to treat as a top priority the services available to children with SEN.

Balls also revealed that parents will be more able to challenge the terms set out in their child's SEN statement, with new appeal rights when the statement is reviewed by their local education authority.

Launching the package on August 3, Balls said the measure would give parents more say over the objectives set for their child, ensuring the support on offer was up to date and best suited to their children's needs.

The measures were recommended in an interim report, also published on August 3, by Brian Lamb, chair of the Special Educational Consortium. …

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