Our recommendations to the next Government – summary:
Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) should be able to access quality education and training which supports their individual aspirations and enables them to lead happy and fulfilled lives.
Natspec supports the ambitious intentions of the 2014 Children and Families Act, but has concerns that a poorly designed funding system and excessive bureaucracy are taking the focus away from meeting the needs of young people.
We ask the next government to undertake post-legislative scrutiny of the Act via the Commons Education Committee to ensure that it is working for every young person with SEND aged 16-25, and also to implement the following recommendations:
1. Create fair funding for high needs students
2. Provide for 19 to 25-year-olds: investment for independence
3. Help young people understand options: independent careers education, advice and guidance
4. Close the employment gap for disabled people