SEND and AP improvement plan: summary

Dig into the details of the SEND and alternative provision (AP) improvement plan. Understand how the government intends to reform the SEND and AP system, and get an idea of timelines.

Last reviewed on 3 March 2023
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  1. Implementation of reforms to be managed by a change programme
  2. New national standards for SEND and AP
  3. Local SEND and AP partnerships
  4. Reformed AP based on a 3-tier model and funding stability
  5. Digital EHC plans
  6. Upskilling the workforce
  7. Increased accountability
  8. Funding commitments to stabilise the system and increase capacity

The SEND and AP improvement plan sets out the government's plan to reform its approach to special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and alternative provision (AP). The overarching aim is to pull the 2 systems together to create a sustainable, easy to navigate single system that meets the needs of all concerned.

On 2 March 2023, the government published its plan for improvement: The SEND and AP Improvement Plan - Right Support, Right Place, Right Time. We'll refer to it as ‘the plan’ throughout this article.

You don’t need to do anything right now

The plan is still just a plan at this stage. The government has set out timelines for the proposed changes, but further consultation, testing and development will be needed before these reforms are written into law, or begin to affect your day-to-day practice.

See a timeline of the proposed actions in this roadmap published by the DfE.