SEND green paper 2022: summary

The government is proposing new national standards for SEND provision, digital EHC plans, and multi-year budgets for alternative providers. Get the lowdown on the policy plans in the SEND green paper and respond to the consultation to have your say.

Last reviewed on 1 April 2022
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  1. New national standards for SEND provision 
  2. Local SEND partnerships
  3. EHC plans: a standard digital format, and a 'tailored list of settings' for parents
  4. EHC plan disputes: mandatory mediation to be introduced
  5. Staff training to identify SEND earlier and improve SENCO skills
  6. Alternative provision (AP) to become an integral part of local SEND systems
  7. Multi-year budgets for AP and a framework to monitor pupil movements
  8. Funding reforms
  9. Greater accountability in an academy-based system
  10. Tools to monitor performance of SEND and AP provision

This is not an exhaustive list of all the policy proposals in the SEND Review: Right Support, Right Place, Right Time ('the green paper'). We have focused on issues that most directly impact schools.

The green paper has been published alongside a white paper: Opportunities for All: Strong Schools with Great Teachers for Your Child. It sets out the government's vision for new attainment targets in literacy and numeracy, an academy-led education system and a drive to increase attendance. Read our summary of the white paper.

New national standards for SEND provision 

The government is proposing new national standards for SEND to make provision more consistent across the country. These standards would span from the early years through to further education, and apply across education, health and care.

Set out a consistent approach to identifying and assessing pupil needs Set out what support is available for different pupil needs, and what type of setting (mainstream or specialist)