The Department for Education has named 20 projects in the programme throughout the country, which will test out the main reforms to Government policy proposed in the SEN and disabilities Green Paper.
- a single education, health and care plan from birth to 25-years-old, focussing on improving outcomes
- personal budgets for parents of disabled children and those with SEN
- better commissioning
- the role of voluntary and community sector organisations and parents in a new system
- the cost of reform
Some of the pathfinders include a group of areas working together. In the South East, the SE7 consortium includes Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, Hampshire, Kent, Medway, Surrey and West Sussex councils.
Pathfinders will receive £150,000 per local authority per year.
The Government consultation on the changes received 2,378 responses with a quarter from parents and parents’ organisations.
Children’s minister Sarah Teather said, ‘We're proposing the biggest reforms in 30 years to help disabled children and those with special educational needs so we need to make sure we get them right. It’s good to see that the overall response from parents, teachers and professionals is supportive of our vision for change.
‘There are some interesting responses that will help us shape future policy decisions. For example, we can see that people think there should be a greater emphasis on meeting particular needs that emerge in school, just as much as identifying development problems in the early years.’
The other pathfinders are:
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly
Bromley and Bexley
East of England
East and West Midlands
Northamptonshire and Leicestershire
Hartlepool and Darlington
Yorkshire and Humber