Review reveals disparity between London’s Post-16 SEND provision

A research project commissioned by the Mayor of London and the Department for Education (DfE) has been published by Mime, which reviews London’s Post-16 SEND provision.

The review was conducted in early 2018, and consists of dataset analysis, SEND providers surveys and communication with a range of SEND stakeholders across London.

The results expose concerning trends of disparity and gaps in provision across the capital, but also outlines key recommendations to address the raised concerns.

Key findings
  • Post-16 SEND demand is projected to rise. But there is already a significant gap between projected demand and existing supply, particularly in post-19 provision.
  • More than twice as many young people in London with EHCPs are not in education or training compared with those without SEND
  • There is wide variation between provision and approaches to completing Education, Health and Care Plans in local authorities, which makes coordinating provision challenging
  • Commissioners lack a robust evidence base to make planning decisions
Key Recommendations
  • More funding is needed to boost the supply of SEND skills provision, including assisting mainstream providers to support more young people with special educational needs and disabilities
  • A London-wide register of providers for commissioners and other stakeholders needs to be developed, including information on the destinations of their young people with SEND in order to better understand the quality of provision across the city
  • The evidence base and data-sharing between commissioners and providers needs improvement