New emergency powers that “relax” requirements on councils to provide support for SEND pupils “strike the right balance in difficult times”, the government has said.
The proposed coronavirus bill states councils won’t be penalised for failing to provide support outlined in pupils’ education, health and care plans (EHCPs) as long as they show “reasonable endeavours” to fulfil their duty.
Parents are extremely nervous they could see the erosion of hard-fought-for rights of disabled children
Labour MP Emma Hardy, chair of the all-party parliamentary group for special educational needs and disabilities, wrote to the government yesterday over “nervousness” the changes could erode “hard-fought-for-rights” for disabled children.
She called for the new “reasonable endeavours” requirement to be changed…