Special educational needs

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on special educational needs. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

DateDescription
10.11.2016Special Educational Needs: support in England
This House of Commons Library briefing sets out the system of support for children and young people in England aged 0-25 with special educational needs (SEN). The briefing provides an overview of the new system introduced in 2014, the transitional arrangements, and how the new system differs from that which preceded it. It also includes a brief history of the movement towards reform that preceded the 2014 changes, and information on the impact of the new system available to date.
08.11.2016Constituency casework: schools in England
This House of Commons Library briefing provides an introduction and reference guide to the key schools-related topics often raised with Members by constituents.
13.07.2016Source of statistics: School level data
What data is published at a school level in the UK and where can I find it?
07.07.2016Early Intervention
Information and analysis on early intervention policies aimed at parents and children from conception to age five, covering health, education, social development and financial benefits. This paper also looks at broader arguments around early intervention as a policy approach.
26.04.2016Learning Disability - policies and issues
House of Commons Library briefing on policies and services for people with a learning disability in England.
10.02.2016The UN Inquiry into the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the UK
The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is conducting an inquiry into the impact of the UK Government's policies on people with disabilities in relation to their human rights obligations. This briefing paper provides information on the Committee, details of the inquiry and an overview of the Government's policies in relation to people with disabilities.
07.02.2014Children and Families Bill: Lords' Amendments to Part 3 (Children and Young People in England with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities)
This note covers the main amendments made to Part 3 of the Children and Families Bill during the House of Lords consideration of the Bill. Part 3 of the Bill relates to children and young people in England with special educational needs (SEN) or, as a result of amendments made at Lords' Report Stage, with disabilities. The House of Commons is due to consider the Lords' amendments on Monday 10 February 2014.
31.05.2013Children and Families Bill Committee Stage Report
The Children and Families Bill introduces a wide range of legislation concerning adoption and children in care, aspects of family justice law, special educational needs, the Office of the Children's Commissioner for England, child care, statutory rights to leave and pay for parents and adopters, time off work for ante-natal care, and the right to request flexible working. This paper complements Research Paper 13/11 prepared for the Commons Second Reading.
15.02.2013Children and Families Bill
The Children and Families Bill introduces a wide range of legislation concerning adoption and children in care, aspects of family justice law, special educational needs, the Office of the Children's Commissioner for England, child care, statutory rights to leave and pay for parents and adopters, time off work for ante-natal care, and the right to request flexible working. This paper has been prepared for the Second Reading of the Bill.
12.09.2012Draft legislation on provision for children and young people with special educational needs
This Standard Note outlines the main provisions in the draft legislation relating to England, and provides background information.

Lords Library Notes

DateDescription
12.10.2015Availability and Quality of Apprenticeships, and the Spread of Apprenticeships across the Labour Market
This Library Note provides statistical information on apprenticeships, based on the most recent figures published by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). It then focusses on four key areas of recent government policy development in relation to apprenticeships: the announcement of a government target of three million new apprenticeships by the end of March 2020; the development of new apprenticeship standards
28.06.2013Children and Families Bill (HL Bill 32 of 2013-14)
This Library Note provides information on the Children and Families Bill, which is due for second reading in the House of Lords on 2 July 2013. The Bill covers several areas, including: adoption and children in care; the family justice system; children and young people with special educational needs; the Office of the Children's Commissioner for England; rights to leave and pay for parents; the right to request flexible working; and early years education and child care.

POSTnotes

DateDescription
17.05.2016Education in Youth Custody
Recent government policy emphasises putting education at the heart of youth custody. A review of the youth justice system is due to be published in summer 2016. This POSTnote looks at the literature on the provision and quality of education in youth custody in England and Wales. And it examines the challenges in providing education to a population with particular needs.
18.12.2013Special Educational Needs
This POSTnote summarises the nature and diversity of special eduational needs (SEN) and discusses the support and outcomes for affected children and their families.
01.10.2009Teaching children to read
This POSTnote explains the reading process and the underlying basis of specific reading difficulties. It also summarises different methods of reading instruction, and examines their use in the context of current and possible future policy directions.
01.02.2008Autism, February 2008
This POSTnote describes autism and autism research, and considers policy approaches. Autism, February 2008. POSTnote 08/302.

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
25.10.2011ACCESS TO INFORMATION AND SERVICES FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING
That this House congratulates Deaf Action on its launch of SignVideo, an online interpreting service available throughout the UK; is concerned that there is a shortage of British Sign ...
01.03.2011HELLO CAMPAIGN FOR THE NATIONAL YEAR OF COMMUNICATION
That this House welcomes the Hello Campaign for the National Year of Communication; notes that the campaign, run by The Communication Trust, a coalition of over 35 leading voluntary ...
01.11.2010CLASSIFICATION OF LIP-READING CLASSES
That this House notes that lip-reading is a vital communication skill for many people with hearing loss, which prevents social isolation, increases confidence and independence and helps ...
12.07.2010SPECIAL SCHOOL PROVISION IN COVENTRY
That this House condemns the effect that the abolition of the Building Schools for the Future programme will have on the Alice Stevens, Sherbourne Fields and Baginton Fields Special ...
01.07.2010AWARD OF HEALTHY SCHOOLS FLAGSHIP STATUS TO BLEASDALE HOUSE (SPECIAL) SCHOOL
That this House recognises the important work of Bleasdale House School, a Special School looking after children from across Lancashire with profound learning difficulties; notes that ...

Glossary

  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses