#SENDReview Answer Consultation Question 2

Below is a form to help you answer the final question for the SEND Review consultation, Question 2. A good idea is to:

  • copy and paste the following prompts into the form below and add your answers under each one,
  • copy and paste them into a notes app or word doc to answer, then paste the whole lot into the form below
  • just scroll up to remind yourself of the tips

So here is Question 2, as stated on the Government website:

  1. How should we develop the proposal for new local SEND partnerships to oversee the effective development of local inclusion plans whilst avoiding placing unnecessary burdens or duplicating current partnerships? (Chapter 2)

To help you answer this, you can read Catriona Moore's post on Question 2 here. We have also included tips from her post below.

What does this mean?

There will be legislation to introduce new ‘local SEND partnerships’, to be led by local authorities, to assess the overall needs of children and young people with SEND in their area and plan the range of types of provision required. Local SEND partnershipsare "intended to bring together education (including alternative provision), health and care partners with local government and other partners to produce a local inclusion plan setting out how each local area will meet the national standards".


  • Local SEND partnerships effectively describes strategic commissioning, i.e. councils’ main job. Don't local authorities already do this?
    • How will LSPs do something different than strategic joint commissioning?
  • Who will decide who sits on a Local SEND Partnership?
    • Will it include parental representation outside Parent Carer Forums?
    • How will the DfE ensure that decision-makers from health, education and social care fully participate?
    • How do you think participation on an LSP should be funded to ensure that it has adequate representation at all times?
    • How will an LSP be accountable to the families it serves?
  • The SEND Review achnowledges health and social care providers don’t always work properly together or with education services . But the Children and Families Act 2014 (section 26) and SEND Code of Practice (chapter 3) set out in a lot of detail how joint planning and commissioning should work.
    • If this hasn't worked well in your area, why?
    • What, in these proposals, will make it work?
  • How will a Local Inclusion Plan differ from the local offer that is already supposed to be a commissioning tool to help LAs do their job?
    • Do you think it will help LAs form an overview of what they offer for children with SEND?
    • How will knowing what they offer help to raise standards if they have no money to do so? Will they be able to ask the DfE for additional funds to meet national standards?
    • Has the existing Local Offer in your area helped commissioning where you live? If so, how and how is it used?
  • What will/should happen if a local inclusion plan fails to meet DfE national standards? How will/can it be made accountable?

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Go back to the main SEND Review Resources page to see all the questions