Update on the SEND Review 29th November 2022

NNPCF (National Network of Parent Carer Forums) met with ministers earlier this week about the plans for the DfE response to the SEND and Alternative Provision Green Paper. 

The Co-Chair, Mrunal received the following response:

Today the Department for Education (DfE) has published a letter from the Rt Hon Gillian Keegan MP, Secretary of State for Education, sent to those working across the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Alternative Provision (AP) sector. 

In the letter, the minister clarifies her commitment to improve the experiences of children and young people with SEND or in AP, within a fairer, more inclusive, and sustainable system across education, health and care. 

She sets out plans for publishing a response to the SEND Review consultation, working alongside the new ministerial team to understand the extensive feedback, before publishing a full response, in the form of an improvement plan early in the new year.   

You can read the letter here.

On the 1st September 2014 the Children and Families Act came into effect and with it many reforms and new duties on local authorities for how services and support are delivered for disabled children and young people and those with Special Educational Needs (SEN).

You will find updates on this page to inform you of the SEND Review.

The SEND Review was announced in September 2019, however there have been a number of delays due to the pandemic.  It is anticipated that the findings of the review will be published sometime during the first 3 months of 2022.  

Nadhim Zahawi, Secretary of State for Education & Will Quince Minister for Children and Families confirm that the SEND Review and Alternative Provision Green Paper will be published next week (which is week commencing 28/03/22) for consultation.

Today (29th March 2022) The SEND and Alternative Provision Green Paper will be published.  Once the full review is available and we have details on the consultation we will share this with you.  The press release below outlines the proposals.

Below you will find the full SEND Review document and also a 7 page summary document.

Consultation - opens 29th March 2022 and closes 22nd July 2022.

  • The SEND Review : Consultation now closed.

Watch this short animation via the Council for Disabled Children, to find out about the SEND and alternative provision green paper.

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  • The Council for Disabled Children Resources 

On 9th May 2022, the Department for Education provided accessible resources so that everyone is able to access the SEND Review and Alternative Provision, and, as a result, extended the consultation by 3 weeks to  22nd July 2022.

You can access a number of different resources below:

You can access the outcome of the consultation dated 2nd March 2023, below:

SEND and Alternative Provision Improvement Plan.