Research and analysis

Evaluation of the SEND pathfinder programme: interim evaluation report

This report gathered evidence from all pathfinder areas, detailing progress from April to June 2012.



This report is the fourth in a series of progress reports that will be produced throughout the course of the 18-month evaluation of the SEND Pathfinder programme. The report is based on evidence gathered through the second set of monitoring returns received from all Pathfinder areas, which detailed self-reported progress against the Common Delivery Framework (CDF) from April to June 2012.

The Pathfinder programme involves the development and delivery of alternative approaches that could enhance or replace the existing system. Each Pathfinder was tasked to develop and trial an assessment process; a single, joined up ‘Education, Health and Care Plan’; and personal budgets across education, social care and health, and adult services as appropriate for children and young people from birth to 25 years.

In addition, the programme is exploring how best to utilise and build the skill and resource of families and the voluntary and community sector (VCS), and the development of a local service offer.


  • Executive summary
  • Introduction
  • Progress developing organisational engagement and cultural change
  • Progress engaging and involving families and young people
  • Progress setting up the Pathfinder infrastructure
  • Feedback on the Pathfinder Support Team
  • SEN Direct Payments
  • Conclusions and implications
Published 18 October 2012