Change Programme Partnership

The SEND and Alternative Provision (AP) Improvement Plan published on 2 March set out plans for reforming the system. The DfE are committed to testing, refining and in some cases developing the most significant reforms to ensure they get the changes right via a £70m Change Programme. Testing will take place in up to nine Change Programme Partnerships (CPP) each made up of three to four local authorities and their partners.

The DfE shortlisted up to three local authorities per region and invited them to express an interest in leading the CPP in each region.

Department of Education’s vision for the future of SEND and AP


Wakefield was chosen to Lead the Yorkshire and Humber partnership working with Bradford, Calderdale and Leeds.

A national delivery partner, The Reaching Excellence and Ambition for all Children (REACh) consortium, led by PA Consulting in partnership with the Council for Disabled Children, Olive Academies and IMPOWER. REACh was appointed. They will support the DfE and our CPP with delivery of a two-year programme to implement, test and refine reforms introduced by the Improvement Plan.

Please see link below to learn more about REACh and how parent carers are key partners in realising the programme ambitions.

Parent Carer information on REACh.

Parent Carer Communication March 2024

Parent Carer Information Pack March 2024

REACh newsletter

REACh newsletter May 2024

To find out more please visit Council for disabled Children website page:

SEND and Alternative Provision Improvement Plan (

Last updated: 2/28/2024