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SEN STATEMENT SYSTEM FAILING SCHOOL CHILDREN

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Children are being failed by the statutory framework for identifying and meeting children's special educational nee...
Children are being failed by the statutory framework for identifying and meeting children's special educational needs, according to a new report.

The Audit Commission paper called for a review of the framework.

The report said statutory assessments are 'costly, bureaucratic and slow' - a statement can take six months to produce and costs an estimated£2,500.

One in five children has special educational needs and one in 30 have a statement. The report said it was up to all organisations to make sure these children are not failed by the system.

While welcoming the new SEN code of conduct and the Disability Act 2001, it said a high-level review was still needed.
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