In 2019, the government announced it would carry out a review of the special educational needs and disability (SEND) system in England.
The aims of the review were to:
- Find ways of improving services available to families.
- Help staff in schools and colleges to respond to local needs.
- End the postcode lottery of services that families often face.
The government has now completed the SEND review and has published what it thinks should happen next in the SEND and Alternative Provision (AP) Green Paper.
A public consultation on the proposals Is now running and ends on Friday 22
We hope all our supporters and friends will take part in the consultation. This is a real opportunity to change things - each consultation
response will be read and all our views are important.
We are currently working our way through the green paper and will share our views with you – and our draft official response - in mid-June. At this stage we will ask for your feedback which we
can then include to strengthen our submission. We hope you will then also complete the consultation questionnaire yourselves.
Below is some information about the green paper which you may find useful.
The consultation response questionnaire can be found here, along with links to the green paper and summary document. https://consult.education.gov.uk/send-review-division/send-review-2022/
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TEN POINTS FROM THE GREEN PAPER
- A single, national SEND and alternative provision (AP) system: Establish new, nationally consistent standards for how needs are identified and
met at every stage.
- Establish new local SEND partnerships across education, health, care and local government to produce a local inclusion plan setting out how
each area will meet the national standards.
- Introduce a standardised and digitised EHCP process and template to minimise bureaucracy and deliver consistency.
- Introduce a new process for naming a school or college place in a child or young person’s Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan. Local
authorities will offer parents a ‘tailored list’ of provision that is appropriate for their child’s needs to enable them to express a preference, rather than
parents being able to request any school as at present.
- Streamline the redress process, including the introduction of mandatory mediation before families can register a SEND Tribunal appeal, with
the aim of reducing the number of Tribunal appeals.
- Consult on the introduction of a new SENDco national professional qualification (NPQ) for school SENDcos.
- Make alternative provision an integral part of local SEND systems and require new local SEND partnerships to plan and deliver an alternative
provision service focused on early intervention.
- Deliver clarity in roles and responsibilities with every partner across education, health, care and local government having a clear role to
play, and being equipped with the levers to fulfil their responsibilities.
- Work with Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on their plan to deliver an updated local area SEND inspection framework, with clear
accountability in place showing where agencies can improve.
- New National SEND Delivery Board to hold to account all elements of the system for supporting children and young people with SEND.