Education reforms to benefit children with autism

Education reformsThe National Autistic Society (NAS) has welcomed the publication of draft legislation on reforms to the special educational needs (SEN) system in England.
The draft legislation sets out provisions for statements to be replaced by Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP), which will extend statutory protections for children with SEN up to the age of 25 for those in further education.

The NAS believe that the reforms will help improve transition for young people with autism as well as transition into non-educational support.

However, they do have concerns about whether the reforms will help improve support for those children who do not have a statement or EHCP.

More detail is needed about how parents will be able challenge the availability of services and ensure that there are services that meet their child’s needs.

What next? The legislation is only in draft and the changes will take quite a long time to come through. A Bill is expected to be published in the new year, which is expected  to take a year to pass through Parliament and into law.

The NAS will continue to update on the new legislation throughout this time and give you opportunities to tell them what you think of the changes.

For more details follow the NAS education blog nas-education-update.blogspot.co.uk

Full details of the draft legislation can be found here:-

www.official-documents.gov.uk/document

If you have any questions or concerns about the proposed new SEN legislation, please email the NAS: policy@nas.org.uk