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Evaluation of the SEND pathfinder programme: Process and implementation

Research Report

This report is the first of two volumes containing the evaluation findings from the first 18 months of the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) pathfinder programme. Twenty Pathfinder sites, comprising thirty-one local authority areas were tasked to develop and trial: an integrated assessment process; a single, joined up ‘Education, Health and Care Plan’; and personal budgets across education, social care and health, and adult services as appropriate for children and young people from birth to 25 years.

This volume covers the process and implementation evaluation, which describes and analyses the new approaches developed over the course of the programme. It contains data gathered through self-reporting of progress by pathfinders against the Common Delivery Framework and in-depth case study work in 10 selected areas. The impact evaluation will be published in autumn 2013 and provide an assessment of the experiences and outcomes achieved by the initial cohort of families.