Following pressure from the National Autistic Society and other charities, the Government has backed down on removing the requirement for schools to co-operate with other services to make sure children’s needs are prioritised.
As the Bill goes through Parliament, The National Autistic Society has been working hard with colleagues in the Special Educational Consortium. As a result of our efforts, the Government has tabled an amendment to the Bill which will remove the clause we were particularly concerned about.
This means schools will have to work with other services in their area and co-operate to improve children’s wellbeing locally.
This latest victory builds on a history of successes for the Special Education Consortium, of which the NAS is a leading member. These include making sure legal aid continues to be available for SEN cases, ensuring the legal SEN rights apply to academies and free schools, and extending funding for specialist SEN support services.