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Debate on special educational needs

Labour MP Alison McGovern led a debate on special educational needs provision for those aged two to 19 in Wirral on 9 January 2013.

More than a fifth of children (21%) in England are estimated to have special educational needs (SEN) - about 1.7m children.

SEN refers to learning difficulties or disabilities which range from problems in thinking and understanding, to physical or sensory difficulties and difficulties with speech and language.

By 2014, the government wants those identified with SEN to have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) which will support them children from birth to the age of 25.

It would replace the current statutory SEN assessment and statement and aims to get professionals from different social services areas to work together more closely.

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