Richard Benyon MP hosts parliamentary briefing on reform of special educational needs

Richard Benyon has hosted a briefing event for parliamentarians concerning the Government’s comprehensive reforms to the special educational needs (SEN) system in England, ahead of the implementation later this year.

The reforms being introduced through the Children and Families Bill will result in the most significant shake-up of the SEN system for 30 years. For example, from September, Statements of Educational Need are being replaced by new Education, Health and Care Plans.

Richard said, “It is vital that we as parliamentarians understand how parents, carers and young people can get a clearer picture of what services are available for children in need of specialist help.”

He continued, “I would like to pay tribute to the dyslexia sector who supported this session. The collaboration of voluntary and community organisations help in providing reliable information to parents, teachers and our schools, which is so valuable. I have long campaigned for those with dyslexia in West Berkshire and it is my hope that the reforms will be beneficial.”