Research and analysis

SEND pathfinder programme: green paper support contracts

High-level evaluation of green paper support contracts that looks at how the government can improve support for children with SEND.


Evaluation of the green paper support contracts

Evaluation of the green paper support contracts: brief


Green paper support contracts were commissioned by the Department for Education to support the pathfinder teams working on reforms to the special educational needs and disability (SEND) system.

SEND reform proposals were trialled in 20 SEND pathfinder sites covering 31 local authority areas. Pathfinder activity included:

  • the development of an improved assessment process
  • an education, health and care plan (EHCP) for use with children and young people from birth to 25 years old

It also aimed to improve:

  • engagement with the voluntary and community sector and families and young people
  • multi-agency working
Published 4 October 2013