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All Party Parliamentary Group on SEND


NAHT is providing secretariat to the APPG on SEND. Follow the APPG on twitter @appg_send.

To join the APPG for SEND mailing list please click here. 

Officers of the APPG

Chair: Olivia Blake MP 

Vice-chair: Sally Ann Hart MP

Officers: Rob Butler MP, James Daly MP, Marsha de Cordova MP, Jack Dromey MP, Tim Farron MP, Emma Hardy MP, Julian Sturdy MP, James Sunderland MP

Latest news

Chair of the APPG for SEND, Olivia Blake MP, writes to the secretary of state for education regarding the delay to the publication of the government’s review of SEND 

Olivia Blake MP has written to the secretary of state, expressing concern that the much-needed review of SEND has been delayed because of the covid-19 pandemic. She urges him to commit resources and publish the review as soon as possible: “SEND cannot be an afterthought”. 

You can read the full text of the letter here.

APPG for SEND inquiry for Autumn 2020 – the impact of covid-19 on educational transitions for children and young people with SEND

The APPG for SEND has launched an inquiry for Autumn 2020 to look at the impact of covid-19 and disruption of education on children and young people with SEND, with a particular focus on the educational transitions they face.

The APPG welcomes submissions from all interested parties, but particularly from parents, carers and young people themselves.

To view the terms of reference for the inquiry, please click here. 

Forthcoming meetings 

The APPG for SEND is holding four meetings in autumn term 2020 as part of its inquiry into the impact of covid-19 on educational transitions. 

Each meeting will focus and hear evidence on a particular topic of the educational experience of children and young people with SEND. Click on the links below to register. 

Wednesday 11 November, 2-3pm (Focus on social, emotional and mental health difficulties)

Wednesday 2 December, 2-3pm (Focus on Sensory and/or physical needs)

If you would like to speak at a meeting and provide oral evidence on one of the above topics, please register your interest here

We wish to hear a variety of stories and research findings and are particularly keen to hear from parents and young people themselves.

You can read the terms of reference for the APPG's inquiry here.

Past meetings

Wednesday 14 October (focus on cognition and learning)  

Wednesday 23 September (Focus on Communication and interaction)

Wednesday 15 July 2020

Tuesday 3 March 2020