29th March 2022

EPI response to SEND and alternative provision green paper

On Tuesday 29 March, the government will publish a green paper on SEND and alternative provision (AP).

Commenting on the SEND green paper proposals, Jo Hutchinson, a Director at the Education Policy Institute (EPI) said: “Families have had to wait years for reforms to be delivered to the system for supporting children with SEND, with pupils with more complex needs being failed for decades. 

“Many of the green paper proposals set out by the government today are to be cautiously welcomed. On paper, these reforms hold the potential to begin the task of building an inclusive system which ​intervenes early to prevent needs from escalating and provides similar services irrespective of which school a child attends or what postcode they live in.

“The devil will be in the detail and most crucially, the implementation. Families across the country will rightly only believe in better SEND provision when it arrives. For this reason, it is positive that the government intends to build national standards and accountability for services into its plans.”