2 February 2023

An update on the SEND in The Specialists coalition which was launched on 2 November 2022.

On 2 November 2022, over 110 organisations wrote to the Gillian Keegan, Secretary of State for Education, and Steve Barclay, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, calling on them to invest in the specialist workforce.

As we await the government’s response to the letter, we wanted to give an update on the coalition’s work.

Our letter was covered in: Children and Young People Now, Nursery World, Neuro Rehab Times, SEN Magazine, Special Needs Jungle and the BBC.

The letter also secured extensive promotion on social media, as collated in Wakelet.

New members

The coalition now stands at 125 members.

We apologise to the British Deaf Association who were missed off the original letter when they should have been included.

In addition, since 2 November the following organisations have joined: The Royal College of Occupational Therapists, Intermediaries for Justice, Dyspraxia Foundation, Praxis Care, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, Different Strokes, Prison Reform Trust, Become, Together for Short Lives and SignHealth.

Parliamentary activity

In a parliamentary debate on 14 November 2022, Robin Walker MP, now Chair of the Education Select Committee, highlighted the letter.

On 8 December 2022, Geraint Davies MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Speech and Language Difficulties, brought together officers from 16 APPGs calling on the government to invest in the specialist workforce.

The MPs and peers wrote to Gillian Keegan and Steve Barclay echoing the coalition’s calls.

Geraint has also tabled a series of written parliamentary questions on:

Munira Wilson MP has also tabled some relevant written questions on:

Next steps

The coalition is now preparing for the publication of the government’s SEND and AP Improvement Plan.

If you would like more information, please contact elissa.cregan@rcslt.org.

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