The Improvement Plan

The improvement plan in 4 minutes

Find out about our plans to reform the SEND and AP system (with British Sign Language).

The SEND and Alternative Provision Improvement Plan sets out what we will do to make sure children and young people with SEND or in Alternative Provision get the support they need.

It follows on from the SEND and Alternative Provision green paper which we consulted on between 29 March and 22 July 2022. The plan includes:

  • our response to the feedback we received
  • the improvements we’ll make as a result of the feedback
  • the proposals we’re going to test and review


Supporting resources

There are resources to help you understand the improvement plan on GOV.UK, including accessible communication formats:

  • Easy-read
  • British Sign Language (BSL) videos

If you would like an alternative format that is not listed, such as Braille, please email:

The Government has published the response to the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Alternative Provision (AP) green paper consultation – the SEND and Alternative Provision Improvement Plan.

What is the SEND Review?

In 2019, the Department for Education (DfE) commissioned the SEND Review to understand the challenges faced by children and young people with SEND, and those educated in alternative provision.

On Tuesday 29 March 2022, we published the SEND and AP green paper setting out proposals for a system that offers children and young people the opportunity to thrive, with access to the right support, in the right place, and at the right time, so they can fulfill their potential and lead happy, healthy and productive adult lives.

A full version of the green paper, including alternative formats, is available on GOV.UK.


The response to the consultation

During the 16-week consultation, we ran 175 events with different organisations representing:

  • children and young people
  • parents and carers
  • education workforces, including early years, schools, alternative provision and further education
  • health and social care workforces
  • local government
  • voluntary sector including information, advice and support services

The SEND and Alternative Provision Improvement Plan is the response to this consultation.

Where to find support