Closer to changes

15th June 2007 at 01:00
RADICAL REFORM to additional needs education moved a step closer this week after Carwyn Jones, the minister responsible for education, asked for extra powers from Westminster to introduce new measures in Wales.

In a history-making moment, he laid the first-ever proposed Legislative Competence Order in the new administration under the Government of Wales Act 2006. It means legislation will be made to a Welsh priority and timescale.

Proposals to overhaul additional needs education are based on the findings of a cross-party committee last year and the Assembly government's own 2006 Learning Country: Vision into Action document. They include the streamlining of statements - legally binding documents of individual needs - as well as giving children the right to appeal to the special educational needs tribunal of Wales.

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