Back in 2019, the government released a Green Paper outlining a number of major SEND reforms that needed to take place across England. Fast forward to 2023 and 20 councils have been shortlisted to trial the new policies that have been put forward. 

The Shortlist

Those that have made it into the shortlist will be a part of a £ 70 million pilot of the proposed reforms across all schools in their district. These will look to include new national special educational needs and disabilities standards and “tailored” lists of schools for children with education health and care plans.

Councils included in the shortlist are spread across England and include; Coventry, Herefordshire, Hertfordshire, Manchester and Swindon. 

Of the 20 councils, three areas have been identified as previously having “significant weaknesses” in SEND services. 


It is regularly discussed the current downfalls in the education system where SEN education is concerned. We are hoping that these reforms will start to see a new direction for the whole of te country and that many councils will take the initiative where they can to include these facilities. 

However, we believe that the majority of these reforms will not be in place until as late as 2026, with the review having been launched back in 2019. 

While these reforms may not be hitting every school just yet, there are a number of ways that you can help to ready your school for the future. This includes guiding your Teaching Assistants into courses that will help them in their roles. Why not take a look at our Understanding Autism or Understanding Mental Health courses? We also have a CPD course Special Educational Needs Teaching Assistant Certificate, this course is included free with our CACHE Level 3 Teaching Assistant Qualification (RQF) which is designed to help all Teaching Assistants. 

For more information, please contact the team today.