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Improving The Provision of SEND Services 2021

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Improving the Provision of SEND Services 2021

17 June, 2021


In October 2019, the Department for Education Select Committee published a report following an 18-month inquiry into Government reforms of the Special Educational Needs and Disability System. The implementation of these reforms has had significant implications on pupils, with 27% of pupils with SEN support, 93,800 pupils, receiving fixed-term exclusions in 2017, and the percentage of SEND pupils attending state secondary schools falling from 43.6% in January 2011 to 34.2% in January 2019.

Consequently, the Committee made key recommendations to further strengthen and improve SEND provision, including a more rigorous inspection framework for local authorities and a direct line for parents and schools to appeal directly to the Department for Education. According to government data from 2019, 14.9% of all pupils in England have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.  Of those, only 3.1% have Education and Healthcare Plans (EHCPs). 

In late 2019 the Prime Minister has announced £780 million extra for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in 2020/21. This funding is intended to give every pupil access to the education that is right for them and to ensure no pupil is held back from reaching their potential.

The Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown have had a severe negative impact on access to education and healthcare services for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.  Ofsted has reported that they have regressed in their development due to lack of services and delays in accessing services.

Agenda Content and Learning Outcomes*

  • Explore methods to achieve sustained and long-term improvement to deliver high-quality SEND services
  • Identify the key areas of improvement within SEND provision
  • Assess the impact of Covid-19 on the provision of therapies and extra support
  • Address the key findings from Ofsted’s Annual Report 2019/20 including recurring weaknesses and a lack of system-wide focus
  • Develop an action plan to improve services for children with special needs education both through working with mainstream schools and the building of new special schools
  • Build strong partnerships with parents and external professionals to provide training and ensure inclusivity for all educational needs in primary schools
  • Tailor specialist support in early years to ensure positive outcomes for children below expected level so development or SEND

Benefits of Attending

  •  Meet other like-minded professionals and develop new, beneficial connections
  • Through the learning opportunities and sharing of best practice, you will be able to implement improvements in your workplace
  • Impact the wider agenda and be part of future planning
  • Be part of organisations that continue to evolve, improve and innovate
  • Learn how to make the best use of key products and services that can help transform your organisational capabilities


This event brings together Government and the wider public sector, academia and senior leaders from across the education sector to hear the latest policy updates across the industry and address the challenges facing the sector in these unprecedented times.

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*Agenda subject to change.

Thursday, 17 June 2021