SEND Report: Experiences with Schools and Colleges

In March 2016, the former Secretary of State Nicky Morgan invited Lee Scott to undertake a short project looking at the experiences children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), and their parents, have of schools and colleges.

In summary, his findings were:

  • supporting children and young people to find training and work opportunities is essential, and schools and colleges can do more to facilitate this
  • to build trust and ensure that children and young people have a positive experience of the system, effective communication with families is vital
  • similarly, positive communication between agencies is also critical, and the report emphasises the role the Government should play in promoting its importance and highlighting good practice.
  • across the country SEND law must be interpreted and implemented with consistency throughout the system to encourage culture change
  • where children and young people have basic health needs, schools and colleges should be encouraged to provide  support to avoid unnecessary disruption
  • it is important to be clear and transparent over how SEND funding is used on an individual and local level

The full report can be found here.