Although we welcome the proposal to replace the SEN statement process with a single Education, Health and Care plan by 2014, we were disappointed that the role of the Independent and Non-Maintained Special Schools Sector was under-represented as a valuable resource within the mixed economy of provision. Our concern is that the real value of our sector in providing responsive and cost effective specialist services for children with profound needs, is not recognised. The important role of residential provision and the needs of Looked after Children were also understated in the paper. We will engage, as members of NASS, with the consultation process.