Department of Education and Science: Committee of Inquiry into Special Education (Warnock Committee): Minutes and Papers

Details of ED 285
Reference:ED 285
Title:
Department of Education and Science: Committee of Inquiry into Special Education (Warnock Committee): Minutes and Papers
Description:

This series contains the records of the Committee of Inquiry into Special Education set up by the then Secretary of State for Education, Margaret Thatcher, in 1974 to review educational provision for children and young adults in England, Scotland and Wales who were affected by physical and mental disabilities; the inquiry was chaired by Mary Warnock (later Baroness Warnock). The series also contains the minutes and papers of the Warnock Steering Group which was set up to consider the implications of the Warnock Report.

Date: 1974-1979
Related Material: Files relating to the establishment of the committee can be found in
ED 269
Legal status: Public Record
Language: English
Creator: Department of Education and Science, Committee of Inquiry into Special Education, 1974-1978
Department of Education and Science, Warnock Steering Group, 1978-1979
Physical description: 36 file(s)
Access conditions: Open
Immediate source of acquisition: Department for Education and Skills , in 2004
Accruals: Not accruing
Administrative / biographical background:

The Committee of Inquiry was set up in 1974 under the chairmanship of Mrs Mary Warnock, research fellow in philosophy at Lady Margaret Hall, with the following terms of reference:

" To review educational provision in England, Scotland and Wales for children and young people handicapped by disabilities of body and mind, taking account of the medical aspects of their needs, together with arrangements to prepare them for entry into employment; to consider the most effective use of resources for these purposes; and to make recommendations"

The report of the committee, which introduced the concept of special educational needs, was published in 1978 (Cmnd 7212) and its recommendations with respect to the"statementing" of the needs of severely disabled children were enshrined in the Education Act 1981.

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