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.

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

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

National SEND Inquiry - May 2018

SEND Inquiry: The Baroness, Brian, the man in the middle and much more…
The House of Commons Education Select Committee is sought evidence from parents by 14th June on progress with the SEND reforms and SEND provision.   SEND Family Voices made a submission, as did individual parents. Below is an update and commentary from Special Needs Jungle

“The first hearings into the SEND inquiry were held before the Education Select Committee this week. Three esteemed witnesses were gently probed for their views on how the 2014 SEND reforms have played out so far.”

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