IPPR reports on effectiveness of SEND support

IPPR has published a report Plans that Work: Employment outcomes for people with learning disabilities looking at how additional support that is provided to children and young people with learning disabilities helps them properly prepare for adulthood, and considers how it might have to change to better achieve this.

The report concludes that "taken together, the government’s year-on-year cuts to education budgets, including the high needs block, as well as features of the current EHC system, are at odds with their stated commitment to increasing employment among people with SEND".

It issues a series of recommendations, including allowing young people with learning disabilities to retain support provided through EHC Plans for the first year of employment. It also calls for improved funding and pathways and the development of a more positive strategic vision.