What do you think about the government’s plans for children with SEND in England?

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Tuesday 12 April 2022

Tags: SEND review, SEND REview consultation, government plans for children with SEND in England

Last month the government published its Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Alternative Provision (AP) Green Paper and 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 and to 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 and 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 deadline for responses to the government’s consultation is 1 July 2022.

The Green Paper is split into key areas in the SEND system that need change and make proposals for that change including:

  • 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 including 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.

Responses from other organisations to the SEND Review Green Paper

The National Children’s Bureau have written a blog about the Green Paper.

Read the initial reaction of the Disabled Children’s Partnership.

Find out more about Independent Provider of Special Education Advice, IPSEA’s, response to the Green Paper

Special Needs Jungle has a series of articles with detailed analysis of different aspects of the Green Paper, including the implications for 16-25 year olds.

Read all our information so far about the SEND Review here.