March 4, 2019 dmh
Great to see the release of the London Post-16 SEND Review jointly funded by the Mayor of London and the Department for Education (DfE). Sadiq Khan has shared this report with the Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds.

The report summarises the outcomes of a London-wide review to identify the post-16 SEND education supply gap in London. It provides recommendations for addressing the gap. It also suggests a sustainable methodology for analysing projected demand and producing an evidence-led approach to post-16 SEND commissioning.

Key findings

  • Post-16 SEND demand is projected to rise. However, there is already a significant gap between projected demand and existing supply, particularly in post-19 provision.
  • More than twice as many young people in London with EHCPs are not in education or training compared with those without SEND
  • There is wide variation between provision and approaches to completing Education, Health and Care Plans in local authorities, which makes coordinating provision challenging
  • Commissioners lack a robust evidence base to make planning decisions
Key Recommendations
  • More funding to boost the supply of SEND skills provision, including assisting mainstream providers to support more young people with special educational needs and disabilities
  • Developing a London-wide register of providers for commissioners and other stakeholders, including information on the destinations of their young people with SEND in order to better understand the quality of provision across the city
  • Improving the evidence base and data-sharing between commissioners and providers
To produce the report we worked closely with South Thames Colleges Group, Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust, London Councils and the Association of Colleges.

You can download the full report visit: and view the GLA announcement here.

This review has led to a Mime Inclusion SeriesThis is a countrywide Mime initiative funded and investigated by us.  We have spent a great deal of time exploring public SEND data and wanted to find a way to measure and promote inclusive practice beyond off-rolling.

Over the coming weeks, Mime will start the conversation by sharing our findings, digging deeper into the data and providing some explanations for the trends that we have found. The first article will be published soon.
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