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André Imich

André Imich

SEN and Disability Professional Adviser,
Department for Education (DfE)

Since April 2010, André has worked as the DfE SEN and Disability Professional Adviser, contributing to a range of policy developments, in particular the Children and Families Act. André has been a teacher and educational psychologist and held a number of practitioner and leadership roles in local authorities. He was a Regional Director in the National Strategies SEN Adviser team, and was an adviser to the Lamb Inquiry into parental confidence.

  • Reviewing reforms five years on: Outlining the findings of the 2019 SEND Review, and the next steps to ensure services provided are adequately adapted to individual needs
  • Considering how this increasingly tailored approach will improve early identification of needs, subsequently helping to address the way off-rolling and exclusions disproportionately affects pupils with SEND
  • Assessing how education providers, local authorities and healthcare partners can enhance co-production to make effective use of the £700million of increased funding, pledged for pupils with the most complex needs, in 2020-21
  • Responding to the NAO’s recommendations in September 2019 that the Department conducts more evidence based assessments on quality and value of SEND provision, setting quantified metrics from 2020-21