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SEND & inclusion — 20 Aug 2021
In November 2019 the DFE commissioned a Review into the SEND system. The Review wanted to understand why, despite the potential and vision of the Children and Families Act 2014, the system was struggling. It was marked by a programme which was becoming financially unsustainable and a variable set of experiences for children and families, which was not always resulting in positive outcomes
In March 2022 the Review was published as a Green Paper paving the way for legislative change. Green Papers are consultation documents produced by the Government. The aim of the Green Paper is to allow people both inside and outside Parliament to give the department feedback on its policy or legislative proposals.
The Green Paper will look at several key areas in the system that need change and make proposals for that change. These include national standards; role of schools (mainstream and AP) and early years; education, health and care plans; accountability and metrics and delivery support.
I am very happy to welcome this Green Paper. It shows that Government has listened to the frustration across the sector and the toll that has taken on parents, children and professionals alike. The Green Paper proposes a welcome framework for change which should support children and families getting the services and support they need close to home. However, this is just a framework and so the consultation response to it will be key as it develops into a programme that delivers the change we need to see. We hope that everyone takes the opportunity to respond and support that happening.
Dame Christine Lenehan, Director, Council for Disabled Children
The SEND Review is looking at ways to make sure the SEND system is consistent, high quality and integrated across education, health and care.
It is also considering measures to make sure that money is being spent fairly, efficiently, and effectively. It is also making sure that the support available to children and young people is sustainable in the future.
This cross-government review is being led by the Department for Education, working closely with other government departments and partners in education, health and social care.
A consultation phase will take place where the broadest group of stakeholders have an opportunity to review and reflect on the proposals, giving families frustrated by the existing, complicated and bureaucratic system of support the opportunity to shape how a new system will work in the future - and give them confidence that their local school will meet their children’s needs so they can achieve their full potential.
“Every child has the right to excellent education - particularly those with special educational needs and disabilities, who often need the most support.
“We are launching this consultation because too often this isn’t the case. We want to end the postcode lottery of uncertainty and poor accountability that exists for too many families, boost confidence in the system across the board and increase local mainstream and specialist education to give parents better choice.
“I want to make sure everyone knows what to expect, when to expect it and where the support should come from. I know there are strongly held views and I want to hear from as many parents, teachers and children with experience of the system so they can help shape a future policy that works for them.”
Education Secretary, Nadhim Zahawi