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Implementing a new 0-25 special needs system

December 19, 2013

You may be aware that on 9 December 2013, Edward Timpson (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families) and Dr Dan Poulter (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Health) wrote to local authority and health leaders about the special needs reforms.

The letter has been sent to chief executives of local authorities and clinical commissioning groups, chairs of health and wellbeing boards and lead members. The letter requests they give personal attention to ensuring that the new system for special educational needs is implemented in a way that will deliver maximum benefits for local areas.

An implementation pack accompanies the letter, which outlines the vision for the reforms and contains useful information for strategic leaders (including key questions, a timeline for implementation and resources and support that can be accessed from a variety of organisations). The letter and pack are available on the Department for Education’s website. The letter is available here and the implementation pack is here.