3-week SEND review extension after accessible versions finally published

Children's minister said a 'full, fair, open consultation is key to vision for more inclusivity'

Children's minister said a 'full, fair, open consultation is key to vision for more inclusivity'

A consultation on the government’s SEND review has been extended for three weeks after accessible versions of the document were finally published today.

Last week, FE Week reported how the near six-week wait had excluded some of the communities the SEND review seeks to support from the consultation process.

A large print version was published alongside the review in late March, with British Sign Language and easy-read versions promised in “early April”. Children’s minister Will Quince then pledged to get them out by the end of last month, which they also missed.

The government has now published the documents. In an update this morning, DfE said the consultation closing date had been extended from July 1 to July 22 to “give participants time to use the new materials and submit their responses”.

A guide to the SEND review for children and young people has also been published.

In a tweet, Quince said: “I’ve listened to your concerns and I’m extending the SEND Review consultation to July 22. 

“A full, fair, open consultation is key to our vision for more inclusivity. We’ve published a suite of accessible versions of our Green Paper so even more people can get involved.”

Last week, Simon Knight, the head of Frank Wise special school in Oxfordshire, said the lack of accessible materials was “hugely concerning and is materially impacting on the ability of our students to have their voice heard”.

“It is tragically ironic that a consultation designed to address the dysfunctionality of the SEND system is, through the lack of suitable adapted materials, disadvantaging those very people the consultation is intended to improve outcomes for.”


More from this theme

Colleges, SEND

SEND colleges slam ‘unwieldy’ English and maths resit reforms

Dropouts likely to increase and stress made worse for vulnerable learners, leaders warn

Anviksha Patel
Apprenticeships, SEND

Relax functional skills rules for autistic apprentices, says ex-minister

Many autistic people "struggle" to complete higher level apprenticeships due to maths and English tests, the ex-minister said

Josh Mellor
Ofsted, SEND

Four things to know from Ofsted’s careers review in specialist colleges

Watchdog criticises local authority non-compliance with SEND learner transitions to FE and training

Anviksha Patel
Ofsted, SEND

Ofsted to examine how SEND pupils are prepared for adulthood

Inspectors will visit a 'small number of areas' to look at a 'particular aspect of SEND in-depth'

Lucas Cumiskey

Council spending on post-16 SEND place creation just 1% of total pot

Just over £20 million of £1.55 billion has been spent on post-16 SEND facilities

Anviksha Patel
Ofsted, SEND

‘Outstanding’ inspection leaves SEND college buzzing

Principal said investing in teaching and support staff was 'paramount' to their success

Shane Chowen

Your thoughts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *