12 July 2022
Today (12 July 2022), I CAN, the children’s communication charity, the RCSLT, Voice 21, the national oracy education charity have led a coalition of over 40 organisations supporting an amendment to the Schools Bill on funding for specialist education services tabled by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath.
The joint briefing we are publishing ahead of the start of Report Stage of the Bill highlights:
What does the amendment say?
Lord Hunt’s amendment seeks to introduce a new duty for local authorities and the Secretary of State to ensure there is sufficient funding for specialist education services for children and young people with sensory impairments in line with the special educational needs and disability code of practice under the Children and Families Act 2014.
Many children and young people with sensory impairments and their families will require access to a range of specialist education services. For those with speech, language and communication needs, that could include needing access to speech and language therapy.
What are we calling for?
In supporting the amendment, we are calling on the government to give assurances in the following three areas:
What else have we been doing to influence the Schools Bill?
The coalition that the RCSLT, Voice 21 and I CAN have brought together today builds on the coalition of almost 40 organisations we brought together during the Committee Stage of the Bill. This was in support of amendments tabled by Lord Watson of Invergowrie on spoken language and communication.
The breadth and depth of the support from peers across the House of Lords for Lord Watson’s amendments demonstrates why these issues are so important.
Who is supporting the amendments?
The importance of funding for and access to specialist education services is demonstrated by the broad range of organisations who are supporting our briefing today. They include professional associations, membership organisations, coalitions and charities.
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