SEND and AP Green Paper Consultation Events and Event Resources

About these events

The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Alternative Provision (AP) green paper consultation has now closed.

The Department for Education (DfE) published the SEND and AP green paper on Tuesday 29 March 2022. It sets out proposals for a system that offers children and young people the opportunity to thrive, with access to the right support, in the right place, and at the right time, so they can fulfil their potential and lead happy, healthy and productive adult lives.

It proposes to do this by:

  • Creating a single, national SEND and alternative provision system;
  • Providing excellent provision from early years to adulthood;
  • Introducing a reformed and integrated role for alternative provision, for children who can’t attend mainstream school, whether for behavioural, health or other needs;
  • Reforming system roles, funding and accountability.

The green paper had a total of 22 consultation questions for you to have your say about these critical proposals. You can find the consultation information here.

The Department for Education have run a series of events - both face to face and virtual - to support the consultation process.

How the events were run:

  • A short presentation from the DfE sharing an overview of the proposals in the SEND and AP green paper and sharing key messages 
  • An opportunity to ask DfE officials for points of clarification in a Q&A panel 
  • Discussion sessions with a mixture of parent carers; practitioners across education, health and social care; and the voluntary and community sector (VCS), to discuss the consultation questions and co-produce feedback to the consultation. 

The presentation

  • you can download the presentation, or view it in the PDF at the bottom of the page
  • A film of the presentation delivered by Charles Lang (Deputy Director, SEND and AP Directorate, DfE) is below.

Thematic feedback from the events

Thank you to everyone across the sector who attended the consultation events held in May 2022. The events were attended by over 300 participants including parent carers, health, social care, education and the voluntary and community sector (VCS).

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The downloadable files below set out a summary of the feedback from the events broken down into key principles, considerations for development, and concerns:

The information included in these documents is a combination of feedback across all of the four events and is designed to be a record of what was discussed at these sessions. These summaries along with the detailed notes from the events have all been shared with the DfE SEND and AP Green Paper Team as part of the consultation response.