SEND Reforms Project

September 2014 saw the introduction of important reforms, creating a coherent system of support for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) across the 0-25 year age range.  The reforms required significant changes to policy, procedure and practice in further education colleges in England.  

On behalf of the Department for Education, AoC conducted two surveys to find out where colleges are with the reforms, produced best practice case studies and a hints and tips document, as well as running a series of free to attend regional events.


The first readiness survey was carried out in June 2014.  This survey was to test the confidence levels of colleges about their readiness for the forthcoming reforms.  A summary of the results is available to download, please note that the results represent the opinions of 178 colleges which is 47% of all further education colleges, and not the whole sector. 

The second survey was sent out to colleges in October 2014, a summary of the results is available to download.  This results represent the opinions of 169 colleges and not the whole sector.

Case Studies

Eight best practice case studies have been produced on a variety of topics:

Regional events

The regional events provided colleges with the opportunity to find out more about the reforms, how to implement them, next steps, as well as the chance to discuss the challenges and solutions with colleagues. Speakers will include DfE, Preparing for Adulthood, a local authority and more.

Presentations from the regional events:


Useful documents

Please download a copy of the 

that DfE have put together for Further Educational College, more information about the reforms and supporting documents can be found on their website.

Please download a copy of Preparing for Adulthood's