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Special needs support 'will be top priority'

04/08/2009 Joanna
A raft of new measures to support children with educational special needs have been outlined by the government.

Writing in the Independent Ed Balls, the secretary of state for Children, Schools and Families, said that helping children with special needs achieve their potential will be "at the centre of education policy".

Special needs co-ordinators (Sencos) may be interested to hear that parents will be granted a new right of appeal if they believe their child's needs should be reviewed, according to Mr Balls.

Mr Balls said that a change in the law will ensure that assessing how schools support children with special needs will be a "top priority" for Ofsted inspections.

"Getting pupils with SEN (special educational needs) the help they need is a moral imperative: by working together we can remove the barriers which hold some children back and stop them succeeding," he added.

According to, Sencos will soon be required to become qualified teachers.

The regulations will come into effect from this September but will allow for a two-year transitional phase to allow for staffing adjustments.

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