Teach First SEND Review Consultation Response: 2022

At Teach First, we are fighting to make our education system work for every child. And when we say every child, we mean every child – without exception. 

What’s this report about? 

Earlier this year, the government published a review of the SEND and AP system. The review contains some welcome pragmatic proposals that will make a positive difference. However, we believe that more can and should be done to accelerate progress.  

What are we calling for? 

  1. The government should evaluate the success of its reforms to the SEND and AP system by using destinations data for evaluation, rather than attainment data. In other words, the focus should be on ensuring that pupils with SEND can make a successful transition to further education, employment, or training. 
  2. All ITT providers – including Teach First – should commit to regularly reviewing the SEND content of their programmes so that it is up to date. 
  3. School leaders should prioritise quality SEND provision in their strategies, as it is a key mechanism for school improvement. 
  4. The government should consult the education sector on whether there is demand for a NPQ for Special Educational Needs Leadership. 
  5. The government should implement our pupil premium proposals in full, so that schools have sufficient resources to support disadvantaged pupils with SEND. 
  6. There should be a significant and sustained uplift to local government funding for children’s and young people’s services, and for child and adolescent mental health services. 

Why is improving SEND provision important for tackling inequality in education? 

Pupils with SEND are statistically more likely to be from disadvantaged backgrounds.  

The latest data shows that 40% of pupils with an education, health, and care plan, and 36% of pupils with SEN support were eligible for free school meals.  

We think that improving the quality and consistency of SEND provision will have a significant positive impact on these pupils, who need additional expert support.  

We want every child to be able to build a happy and successful life – in whatever way is right for them.   

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