Committee holds roundtable discussion on post-16 support

29 January 2019

The Education Committee’s latest roundtable discussion on special educational needs and disabilities focuses on issues faced by young people with SEND post-16.

The session will feature representatives from FE and specialist colleges as well as those who work to support young people to access employment and live independently.

The Committee’s SEND inquiry is examining the impact of the reforms introduced in the Children and Families Act 2014.

Chair's comments

 Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP, Chair of the Education Committee, said:

"This session is an important opportunity to hear the experiences of those working with young people with SEND post-16, given the significant reforms that were brought in for this age group. We welcome the chance to investigate how the reforms and introduction of Education, Health and Care Plans have impacted on the experiences of young people after the age of 16, while exploring whether young people with and without EHC Plans are receiving the support that they need as they move on into adulthood."

Roundtable attendees

Tuesday 29 January, Committee Room 18, Palace of Westminster

At 10am

  • Beatrice Barleon, Policy Development Manager, Mencap
  • Bernie White, Chair, Natspec
  • Caroline Archer, Employment Service Manager, Action on Disability
  • David Ellis, Chief Executive, National Star
  • Di Roberts, Chair, Association of Colleges’ SEN Group
  • Janine Cherrington, Head of Service, Transition2
  • Linda Jordan, Senior Development Adviser (Children and Young People’s programme), National Development Team for Inclusion
  • Pat Brennan-Barrett, Principal, Northampton College

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