On 6 November, Edward Timpson, MP (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families) announced that the SEN & Disability Pathfinders will be extended by 18 months. The Pathfinders were due to end in March 2013 but they will now run until September 2014.
Mr Timpson stated that the Department for Education wants more evidence from the Pathfinders to make sure that the Government is coming up with the right Code of Practice. This is good news in that it will give the families involved with the Pathfinders more chance to trial the new process and see if there are benefits to it. It also means that the Pathfinder Authorities can ensure they are producing a sustainable model.
A full transcript of the Select Committee hearing on 7 November, 2012 can be found here
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