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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Pathfinder

What is the pathfinder programme all about?

The Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Pathfinder programme has been established by the Government through the SEND Green Paper 2011.  The intention is to transform approaches to the statutory SEN assessment and statement framework, combining it with statutory post-16 Learning Difficulty Assessments as well as health and social care assessments.  Government intends to use SEND Pathfinders to influence and inform these developments.  The Green Paper proposes to:

  • better support life outcomes for children and young people
  • give parents confidence by giving them more control
  • transfer power to professionals on the front line and to local communities

The SEND Green Paper consultation exercise undertaken in 2011 reaffirmed that many of the answers to the issues posed in the Green Paper are known and practised locally.  Given close collaboration between our Authorities, plus the fact that NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly is the primary care trust for both Local Authorities, a unified bid made great sense.

The SEND Pathfinder is a partnership project.

For further information please see the SEND Pathfinder factsheet.


Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Pathfinder