Welcome to the pathfinder website, it is here to support the
reforms and share learning from the pathfinders, on it you will be
able to read about pathfinder progress in a number of key test
areas, keep up to date with the development of legislation and
guidance and find materials to support implementation.
In March 2011, the Government published its consultation Green
Paper on special educational needs and disability. The purpose of
this paper was to test a range of proposals designed to respond to
existing failings and frustrations within the system. A tender
process resulted in grants being awarded to 31 Local Authorities in
England, who formed 20 SEND pathfinders with their PCT partners.
There is no national ‘blueprint’ for how things should be done, so
it is up to individual pathfinder areas to: design new arrangements
to pilot and test how well they work in practice to better support
life outcomes for children and young people; to give parents
confidence by giving them more control; and to transfer power to
professionals on the front line and to local communities.
The Department for Education and Department of Health have
appointed Mott MacDonald as the pathfinder support team. Mott
MacDonald will be working closely with all 20 pathfinders to
support them in developing a single assessment and plan process and
testing the different elements of the Green Paper. You can read our
recent updates on pathfinder and support team activity on the 'Mott
MacDonald Support Team' page by clicking here
The government has today released a draft version of both the 0 to
25 Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice and regulations
for consultation. These set out the detail of the proposed new SEN
legal framework within the Children and Families Bill.
The draft documents contain sections on:
- Assessment and plans
- A children's appeal pilot
- Approval of Independent Educational Institutions, Independent
Schools and Special Post-16
- The Local Offer
- Personal budgets
- Children remaining in special schools not in receipt of a plan
- SEN information
- SENCO regulations
There is also a document covering proposals for making the
transition to education, health and care plans and the local offer
from the current system of statements.
The consultation on these documents closes on 9th December.
Please click here for further information.
EVALUATION OF THE SEND PATHFINDER PROGRAMME
The Department for Education has also released the latest report
from the evaluation of the SEND pathfinder programme, produced by
This report is the second of two volumes containing evaluation
findings from the first 18 months of the pathfinder programme. It
describes and analyses the:
- experiences, outcomes and distance travelled by the initial
cohort of participating families
- extent to which working practices have changed for
staff/individuals that have worked directly with these families
- indicative assessment of the costs of the reforms
further information and to view this report please click
SEND PATHFINDER YOUTUBE CHANNEL
A new SEND Pathfinder YouTube channel has been created. This
channel seeks to compile and link to relevant videos from across
the SEND reforms and, in particular, the SEND Pathfinder areas. A
number of videos referenced in the latest versions of the
Information Packs can found via this YouTube channel.
Please find a link to this channel
SEND PATHFINDER INFORMATION PACKS September 2013 -
The latest, updated versions of the SEND Pathfinder Information
Packs have been published. The packs seek to demonstrate the
learning of the SEND Pathfinders and to showcase examples of good
practice. To access the packs, please click here.
Further items can be found on the 'News Archive' page by clicking here