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Case study: Putting excellent SEND support into practice

For those working in schools today, the government’s plans for SEND reform remain a distant ambition. Suzanne O’Connell looks at what one school is doing right now to support SEND students

Will we ever get it right when it comes to providing a successful and sustainable national framework for our SEND pupils? It doesn’t seem all that long ago that we welcomed the Children and Families Act and the new SEND Code of Practice along with ministerial promises to ensure that our SEND pupils receive timely entitlements and support.

The SEND and alternative provision improvement plan (DfE, 2023) sets out to, and I paraphrase, “fulfil children’s potential and build parents’ trust while providing financial sustainability”.

Whereas the Children and Families Act in 2014 promised more local decision-making and flexibility when it came to the drawing up of Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) – this policy paper is proposing a new set of national standards along with an EHCP template. The national standards, we are promised, will:

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