Codes of practice, policies and guidance​

The SEND review and a new approach to inspections

SEND review

The SEND Review: Right support right place, right time green paper contains proposals to change the current SEND and alternative provision system.

The Government has now published the response to the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Alternative Provision (AP) green paper consultation – the SEND and Alternative Provision Improvement Plan.

To read the plan, find out more information and download resources, go to the SEND Review campaign page.

A new approach to area SEND inspections 

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission are seeking your views on proposed changes to the way they jointly inspect local area SEND arrangements.

Consultation has now closed, but if you would like to find out more go to the new approach to area SEND inspections page where you can find further information and downloadable resources about this consultation.

SEND codes of practice and guides

The SEND codes of practice give you all the information that you need to know about the special education needs and disability system. 

The guides are designed to support special educational needs coordinators (SENCOs) and other professionals in meeting the needs of children and young people with special educational needs (SEN). There is also a guide for parents and  carers.

Schools' SEND information reports

All schools have to provide information about how they support pupils with SEND

SEND legislation and guidance

These are the laws that tell us how to deliver SEND services and the guidance on how to follow those laws.

Social care legislation

Health legislation

SEND Ofsted inspection

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) jointly inspect councils to see how well they fulfil their responsibilities for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

SEND Tribunal national trial for single route of redress

What is the national trial?

In 2018, the government gave SEND Tribunals the power to make non-binding recommendations about the health and social care aspects of education, health and care plans (EHCPs). At first this was part of a 2 year trial that was meant to end in August 2020. Due to COVID, the government extended the trial until 31 August 2021.

Ministerial decision on the outcome of the National Trial

On 20 July 2021, the Department for Education (DfE) confirmed that those extended powers should continue. If you want to know more about the trial, follow the path below.