Westminster Education Forum

The next steps for SEND policy - high needs funding, local SEND service provision and improving outcomes

Morning, Thursday, 6th December 2018

Central London


This timely seminar will consider next steps for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) policy - focusing on:

  • The reform process so far;
  • Local SEND provision and the progress to EHCs;
  • The future of high needs funding;
  • The inspection framework; and
  • Opportunities for improving multi-agency collaboration.

It is bringing together policymakers and stakeholders to share experience and views on the future of SEND provision, with government reviewing the reform process so far.

The discussion will be informed by the transition to Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans, amidst concerns over delays and differences in the quality of the plans across different parts of the country.

The seminar will also be an opportunity to discuss key themes emerging from the Education Select Committee’s SEND inquiry, and to assess what more might be done to address concerns from teaching unions and local authorities around the level and distribution of high needs funding, with the introduction of the national funding formula and changes to high needs funding from this month.

Attendees will also consider the progress of the joint Ofsted-Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspections, as well as the potential impact of the introduction of pre-key stage standards and the challenges for improving the transition to the national curriculum, following the completion of the Rochford Review.

Further sessions will examine how best to develop effective multi-agency collaboration between the education, health and social care sectors, and the further steps that might be taken to improve outcomes for SEND pupils - looking at access to further education and employment, and the transition to adult services.

Guests of Honour

Dr Adam Boddison

Chief Executive, nasen

Nigel Thompson

Head of Inspections, Children’s Health and Justice, CQC

Guest of Honour

Dr Adam Boddison

Chief Executive, nasen

Keynote Speakers

Nigel Thompson

Head of Inspections, Children’s Health and Justice, CQC

James Frith MP

Member, Education Select Committee


Lord Addington


Janet Thompson

Headteacher, Dorothy Goodman School, Leicestershire, and Deputy Chair, Rochford Review

Jules White

Headteacher, Tanbridge House School, West Sussex

Jim Blair

Consultant Nurse, Intellectual (Learning) Disabilities and Interim Mental Capacity Act Lead, Great Ormond Street Hospital

Nigel Minns

Strategic Director, People Group, Warwickshire County Council

Councillor Sue Sanderson

Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning, Cumbria County Council

Laxmi Patel

Head of Education, Boyes Turner

Angela Matthews

Head of Policy and Advice, Business Disability Forum

Clare Howard

Chief Executive Officer, Natspec

Anna Cole

Parliamentary and Inclusion Specialist, ASCL

Amy Skipp

Director, ASK Research

Jacqui Ford

Group Director and Vice Principal, Partnership and Community, Weston College

Sam Mayhew

Head of Faculty for Image and Inclusive Practice, University Centre Weston