This first LCO will confer additional legislative powers for additional learning needs and enable the Assembly Government to bring forward Assembly Measures on Special Educational Needs (SEN) provision.
Last week, First Minister Rhodri Morgan set out the legislative programme for the coming year, making child poverty, housing, health, education, the environment and the Welsh language priorities for the government.
First Minister Rhodri Morgan said:
This is a landmark day for Wales as we use our new legislative powers for the first time very early in the life of this new Government. When announcing our new legislative programme last week I promised that we would bring forward legislation that would promote the bread and butter interests of ordinary people, the length and breadth of Wales. This first of six LCOs delivers on that promise and will put the interest of every child in Wales with special educational needs and their families at the forefront.
Minister for Education Carwyn Jones said:
The LCO laid today will allow us to build on the work of the former Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills committee’s review of Special Educational Needs (SEN) and take forward our objectives in this important area as set out in the Learning Country - Vision into Action.
We will now consider how best to drive forward improvements for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and their parents and carers. How we can strengthen the role of local education authorities and schools in supporting children and young people with SEN and allowing children the right to appeal to the SEN Tribunal for Wales are both areas that will need public consideration and widespread consultation.
It is vitally important we work to ensure that everyone here in Wales has equal access to education, are given the best opportunities to reach their full potential and that barriers to learning are removed.
The laying of this LCO marks an important day for the education sector, and a historic day for Wales and Welsh law.
Notes to Editor
This proposed Legislative Competence Orders (LCO) seeks powers which if conferred by Parliament will give the Assembly legislative competence in this area and will enable the passing of Welsh laws called Assembly Measures.
June 11, 2007