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Special Educational Needs and Alternative Provision Green Paper – share your views


On 29 March the Government published the SEND Review: Right support, right place, right time, a consultation on the special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and alternative provision system in England.


A national consultation is now open until 1st July for you to share your views.

Complete the online survey

What is the SEND review?

The SEND review sets out Government’s 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.

The Government acknowledges reforms to the SEND system introduced in 2014 had the right aspirations and since then there has been much to celebrate. It is clear that the system is driven by a hardworking and dedicated workforce. However, despite examples of good practice, too often the experiences and outcomes of children and young people are poor. Parents and carers are frustrated at having to navigate an increasingly complex and adversarial system. Growing tension across the system is causing delays in accessing support and increasing financial challenges for local government.

The SEND review is a response to the widespread recognition that the system is failing to deliver for children, young people and their families.

The consultation sets out proposed reforms to the SEND and alternative provision (AP) system that seek to address three key challenges:

  • poor outcomes for children and young people with SEND or in alternative provision
  • navigating the SEND system and alternative provision is not a positive experience for children, young people, and their families and;
  • despite unprecedented investment, the system is not delivering value for money for children, young people and families.

View a summary of the SEND review.

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