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Impact Evaluation of the SEND Pathfinder Programme

Thursday 31 October 2013

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OPM was commissioned by the Department for Education as part of consortium lead by SQW, and including Ipsos MORI and BPSR, to undertake the evaluation of the SEND Green Paper Pathfinder Programme.

The main aims of the independent evaluation were to establish if approaches developed by the pathfinders:

  • increase real choice and control and improve outcomes for families from a range of backgrounds with disabled children and young people and those who have SEN
  • make the current support system for disabled children and young people and those with SEN more transparent, less adversarial and bureaucratic
  • introduce independence into the assessment process by using the voluntary sector
  • demonstrate value for money, by looking at the cost of reform and associated benefits