SEND Review: Right support, right place, right time

Closed 22 Jul 2022

Opened 29 Mar 2022

Feedback updated 7 Mar 2023

We asked

We asked for views on proposed changes to the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Alternative Provision (AP) system. 

You said

We received almost 6,000 responses to the consultation. A number of respondents agreed with our proposals including our vision to develop a national system with consistent national standards, whilst others were concerned about the unintended consequences of some proposals. There were some proposals that respondents wanted to hear more about.  

We did

We carefully considered all of the feedback we received through the thousands of responses to the consultation and in the many events that took place during the 16-week consultation period.  

This feedback informed the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Alternative Provision (AP) Improvement Plan which we published in March, setting out government’s response to the consultation and our next steps for reform. An independent analysis of consultation responses was published alongside this. 


The government has published a green paper on the future of the special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and alternative provision (AP) system and is undertaking a public consultation on the green paper’s proposals.

Supporting resources

There are resources available to help you understand the proposals on GOV.UK, including:

  • A British Sign Language (BSL) version of the green paper 
  • An easy-read version of the green paper summary 
  • A guide to help children and young people with SEND or those in alternative provision

Read the SEND review: right support, right place, right time  and send us your views.

Why your views matter

The government is committed to improving outcomes for children and young people with SEND and those in alternative provision. We want to work with children, young people, parents, carers and those who advocate and work with them, as well as local and national system leaders, to achieve this ambition.

We encourage you to reflect on the proposals set out in this green paper and respond to our consultation. Together, we can ensure every child and young person with SEND and those in alternative provision can thrive and be well prepared for adult life.



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  • Education
  • Disabled children
  • SEND code of practice
  • Teaching and learning (SEND)