Devil in the detail: Cautious reaction to SEND Green Paper

There has been cautious welcome to ideas set out in the long-awaited SEND Green Paper but exasperation that it has taken so long to get to this point.

The SEND sector has been waiting years for government action to tackle the crisis in funding and red tape for special needs pupils.

A cross-party inquiry by MPs identified the key problems back in 2019. Three years on and the government’s SEND Review – Right support, right place, right time, which was published this week and runs to more than 100 pages, has reached similar conclusions.

A 13-week consultation has now been launched over proposed new reforms based on the recommendations of the review.

The review identifies “a vicious cycle of late intervention, low confidence and inefficient resource” and that “decisions are too often made based on where a child or young person lives or is educated, not on their needs”.

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