The SEND Reforms

The SEND Reforms were the biggest education reforms in a generation for children and young people with special educational needs; they became law on Monday 1 September 2014.

This page includes documents relating to the change in law, the inspections that come with it and the latest news on implementation.

SEND Family Voices Achievements - in light of the SEND Reforms - 31st May 2018

National SEND Inquiry - May 2018

What do you think about the SEN Reforms and current SEND provision? 
The House of Commons Education Select Committee is seeking evidence from parents by 14th June on progress with the SEND reforms and SEND provision. We have put our heads together with some other local voluntary organisations to provide support to parents who would like to make a submission to the inquiry. This is an important chance to make your voice heard at national level and we would urge as many parents as possible to participate. 

There are 3 ways that you can make a submission:
1)   You can independently write your own submission and upload it to the inquiry via the website. We have provided a template and some guidelines which might help you with this; these include the link for making your submission.

2)  You can come along to one of our drop in sessions, where we can help you either to write your submission or to upload it (or to explain a bit more what this is all about).
Monday 21st May 13:30 – 15:00
Express CIC Offices, 452A Ewell Rd, Surbiton KT6 7EL
Tuesday 5th June 13:30 – 15:00  
Me Too and Co, Crossways, 306 Richmond Rd, TW1 2PD

3)    You can email us at with what you want to say and we will include it in the submission that SEND Family Voices will make on behalf of parents in the Richmond and Kingston area.

Here are templates that you can use to make your submission (with thanks to Claire Ryan & Gareth Morewood who created it). You will also find some guidelines and some prompt questions that you might find useful -and the links for submission.

SEND Inquiry Template

SEND Inquiry Parent Guidance

0-25 SEND, Alternative Provision & Attendance Unit Newsletter (may '18)

CQC/Ofsted SEND inspections.  

Over five years, each of the 152 Local Authorities nationally will be inspected as to their effectiveness of identifying and meeting the needs of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities.

This inspection framework is a direct result of the SEND Reforms (The Children & Family's Act, September 2014).  These inspections are once only and will inform government of the strengths and development areas of the Reforms at both a local and national level.  The SEND Reforms became law in September 2014 and the inspection framework was published in April 2016.  Never before has SEND been inspected within Local Authorities.   As of today's date (11th May April 2018), neither Kingston or Richmond have been inspected.

Letter from Robert Goodwill MP on the first tier tribunal (and the ability to challenge Health & Social Care as well as Education) - October 2017

Local area SEND inspections - One Year On - pub. Ofsted & CQC - October 2017

London Strategic Managers Network - DfE presentation - 22nd June 2017
SEND Data Update - How are we doing?  A Imich

NNPCF Briefing Document for Forums- March 2017

SEND Local Area Inspection Outcome Letters ref. Leadership & Governance - as of Feb.2017

Joint Inspections of SEND - plain english / accessible version - June 2016

CQC / Ofsted SEND Inspections Framework - April 2016