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Young adults

Welcome to the pathfinder website, which supports the reforms and shares learning from the pathfinders and pathfinder champions. Here you will be able to keep up to date with the development of legislation and guidance and find materials to support implementation.

Programme overview

For the current phase of the programme (April 2014 to March 2015) SEND pathfinders from the previous phases (March 2011 to 2014) were given the opportunity to apply to become SEND pathfinder champions either individually or as a consortium (with the choice of including non- pathfinder local authorities) for regional and/or national roles. After careful consideration 11 SEND pathfinder champions formed from 20 pathfinders and 17 non-pathfinder local authorities have been selected for nine regions, six of which have national responsibilities for the thematic areas of the reforms. Mott MacDonald has been commissioned by the Department for Education to support pathfinders and pathfinder champions to test and implement the reforms since September 2011. 

Latest news

SEND Preparation for Employment Grant

Minister Timpson launched a £5million SEND Preparation for Employment GrantThe S31 grant determination letter gives details of the allocations by local authority, and gives details of what the grant is intended to cover. The letter can be downloaded by clicking here.

Role of Regional Lead for Special Educational Needs and Disability Reforms in 2015-16

The second S31 letter can be download by clicking here which also confirms the nine regional leads, who will be asked to support employer engagement, alongside their wider role on developing a clear and sustainable strategy for partnership working, sharing best practice and offering targeted support according to regional needs and co-ordinating peer support activities.  

In focus

Children & Families Act
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Richmond House in London


'Support and aspiration: A new approach to special educational needs and disability' sets out the Government’s vision of a radically different system which supports better life outcomes for young people, provides parents confidence by giving them more control, and transfers power to professionals on the front line as well as the local community.

Read and download our latest SEND Pathfinder Information Packs and Resources.