Accessible SEND Review Green Paper now available

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Monday 9 May 2022

Tags: EHC plans, education, special educational needs, department for education, consultation, SEND review

The Department for Education has published new accessible versions of the SEND review (special educational needs and disabilities) Green Paper.

These include:

All resources are available on

If you would like a Braille or audio version of the green paper or an accessible format that is not listed, email

To give everyone the opportunity to take part in the consultation, they have extended the consultation period by three weeks to 22 July 2022.

Tell the government what you think

The government published its Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Alternative Provision (AP) Green Paper in March. You can now respond with your views.

The government wants to know what parent carers, children and young people, professionals and other stakeholders like Contact think about its proposals. This will help shape how a new SEND system will work in the future.

The SEND and Alternative Provision Green Paper is a large document, but you can read the summary of the Green Paper. You don’t have to respond to every question in the consultation. A summary of the Green Paper is also available in the following languages: Punjabi (Gurmukhi);  Polish and Urdu.

The SEND review Green Paper is split into key areas in the SEND system that need change. Proposals include:

  • Ending the postcode lottery by introducing national SEND standards. There will be legislation to support this as well as a new Code of Practice.
  • New statutory SEND partnerships led by local authorities. These will work with parents and carers to review local need and provision and produce a local inclusion plan.
  • Changes to Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans. These include a standard national digital format and a change to the current process for naming a school.
  • Improved provision in early years settings and schools with a focus on inclusion and early intervention.
  • Greater accountability built into the system.
  • Support for implementation. The new SEND system will align with other developments in education, health and social care.

Take a look at our SEND review Green Paper and consultation webpage for more information.