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 speak to your headteacher or chair about responding to the consultation.

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 green paper. We have focused on issues that most directly impact schools.

If you want to respond to the DfE's consultation, you should:

  • Read the whole green paper - you'll find all the consultation questions on page 80
  • Speak to your headteacher or chair about submitting a response as a school or as a board

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.

The government is proposing new national standards for special educational needs and disability (SEND) to make provision more consistent across the country. These standards would span from the early years through to further education, and apply