Where next for SEN Support?

The SEND Review side-lines the importance of SEN Support in schools and risks driving more parents to seek Education, Health and Care Plans. Sara Alston is concerned

The recent SEND review – Right support, right place, right time (DfE, 2022) – epitomises much that is wrong with our current SEN system, focusing as it does on Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) to the detriment of SEN Support.

EHCPs and SEN Support are the two levels of support set out in the SEND Code of Practice (DfE, 2014).

The review tells us that 15.8% of all school pupils – 1.4 million – have identified SEN – 12.2% require SEN Support and 3.7% have an EHCP.

The most common type of SEN Support needs include speech, language and communication needs at primary level and social, emotional, and mental health needs at secondary level. Autism is the most common type of need for EHCP students (DfE, 2022).

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