He announced that from 1 September new requests for an assessment of special educational need will be dealt with under the new system; Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) will replace Statements. From the same date local authorities will be required to develop Local Offers setting out what they expect to be available to support young people with special needs or disabilities.
These fundamental changes to support for young people with special educational needs and disabilities will result in many new systems, changed responsibilities and new opportunities for working together. RNIB will be working to provide support and advice to parents, carers and professionals as the Act is implemented.
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