Codes of practice, policies and guidance​

SEND Consultations

The Government have released three open consultations where children and young people with SEND, their parents, carers, and everyone who works with them are invited to give their views on recently proposed changes.

SEND and alternative provision consultation

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

If you would like to find out more information about this green paper and this consultation, please go to the SEND Review campaign page where you can find further information and find downloadable resources about this consultation.

If you would like to provide your views, visit the consultation website.

The consultation closes at 11.45 on 22 July 2022.

A new approach to area SEND inspections 

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission are seeking your views on proposed changed to the way they jointly inspect area SEND arrangements from 2023.

If you would like to fine out more about this consultation please go to A new approach to area SEND inspections page where you can find further information and downloadable resources about this consultation.

If you would like to provide your views visit the consultation website. They are also keen to hear from children and young people with SEND and have set up a dedicated young person’s consultation page.  

This consultation closes at 11.45 on 11 September 2022

Reviews of education, health and care (EHC) plans: proposed timescales

They are also consulting on whether they should have an additional four weeks after the review meetings to finalise any changes they propose to a EHC plan and should have to circulate material for a review meeting a week earlier then currently.

If you would like to find out more information about this consultation or if you would like to provides your thoughts please go to the consultation page on the government website.

The consultation closes on 12 August 2022.

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.