SEND Origins of the toolkit

Lamb Enquiry Lamb Enquiry 2008: Special educational needs and parental confidence
The Lamb Inquiry was convened to advise on ways to strengthen parent confidence in the SEN system. The DCSF commissioned Capita SCS to support the Inquiry by considering how information can contribute to parent confidence, help them ensure that their children receive the support they need and help increase the focus on outcomes. The DCSF asked the consultancy team to: • Analyse the current SEN and disability requirements; • Assess how well they meet the needs of parents and wider stakeholders; • Canvass the views of providers of the information, including issues about compliance with existing duties; • Consider any implications for information on SEN and disability of proposed changes to information provided for parents more generally; • Generate and evaluate options for ensuring that information better meets the needs of stakeholders and advise on what should be published – balancing the views of users and providers and the need to focus on outcomes; • Advise on the design and format of information; • Prepare an implementation plan for the options adopted. This is the Final Report of the consultancy team to the Inquiry. It brings together the findings of the two phases of consultation and makes recommendations to improve the provision of information to parents. The report also proposes an outline implementation schedule.


SALT Review Salt Review 2010: Independent Review of Teacher Supply for Pupils with Severe, Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (SLD and PMLD.
In October 2009, the DCSF asked Toby Salt to undertake an independent review into teacher supply for pupils with severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties. In particular, he was asked to look at the supply issues that arise in the range of settings within which these children are educated, teacher progression through to school leadership, and Continuing Professional Development. During the course of the Review, evidence was heard from a wide range of stakeholders through interviews, visits to schools and significant contributions to the call to evidence. The Review was supported by an Expert Group, members of which brought their vast experience of different parts of the system to the issues considered in the report. In general, the strength and clarity of the messages from these stakeholders bears testament both to the dedication and commitment of those who work in this field and to the presence of a very real and pressing set of issues. The report along with a set of recommendations which would build a sustainable and high quality workforce that children needed if they were to achieve the highest possible outcomes.


ofsted-logo Ofsted Special education needs and disability review
This review was commissioned to evaluate how well the legislative framework and arrangements served children and young people who had special educational needs and/or disabilities. It considered the early years, compulsory education, education from 16 to 19, and the contribution of social care and health services.


de-logo Support and aspiration A new approach to special educational needs and disability
The publication of the green paper ‘Support and aspiration: a new approach to special educational needs and disability’ on 11 March 2011 marked the start of a period of consultation and testing of the proposals in local areas. On 21 September 2011 we introduced 20 schemes to test the reforms in 31 different local authorities.
As a result of the green paper consultation, we published the report ‘Support and aspiration: a new approach to special educational needs and disability – progress and next steps’ in May 2012. The report set out the progress made on the SEND green paper proposals and outlined the next steps to follow.
DfE presented the policies outlined in the green paper as a bill to Parliament in February 2013. Parliament approved the changes set out in the SEND green paper in early 2014 and we will introduce the new system from September 2014.Following a public consultation, DfE laid the SEND code of practice: 0 to 25’ before Parliament on 11 June 2014. The code received approval in July 2014 and came into force on 1 September 2014.


de-logo  Special educational needs and disability

code of practice: 0 to 25 years

Statutory guidance for organisations which work with and support children and young people who have special educational needs or disabilities