The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a call for evidence on how to improve the funding system for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Education Secretary Damian Hinds made the announcement at the annual conference of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) ahead of the Government’s comprehensive spending review.

The number of school-aged children with a statement or an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan rose by more than 13,000 between 2017 and 2018 and there has been a steady increase in those children being educated outside of mainstream schools.

The open consultation is seeking the views of individuals and organisations to consider how the SEND financial arrangements in England could be improved to help local authorities, schools, colleges and other providers in supporting children and young people with SEND or who require alternative provision. It welcomes views on changes to the funding system that could help in getting the best value from the resources available.

The Council for Disabled Children is organising workshops across the country to discuss the call for evidence in greater detail and more information on these events is available from

The call for evidence is available here and closes on 31 July 2019.

Last reviewed 14 May 2019