What is DBV in SEND?

The Department for Education’s DBV in SEND programme aims to support local authorities and their partners to improve delivery of SEND services for children and young people whilst working towards financial sustainability.

The DBV programme is now in its second phase.

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The programme comprises two phases:

Phase One (Diagnostic)

Phase One of this programme provided dedicated technical support and funding to 54 local areas which opted to participate. Phase One of the programme is now complete – you can find out more about the activity that was undertaken in Phase One and the findings from the Diagnostics by following the button below.

A Toolkit has been developed to enable all local authorities to apply the approach and tools of the DBV programme to help improve their local SEND services. You can access the Toolkit by following the link below.

Phase Two (Implementation)

The DBV programme is now in its second phase.

Local authorities and their partners will deliver the plans to realise improvements for their local area. It is expected that the implementation plans developed by each local authority in Phase One will build on existing initiatives and address underlying challenges in each area’s SEND system.

I’d like to learn more about the programme

Find out more about Phase One of the programme, and what the findings from that Phase are.

I’m a local authority, and want to learn more

Use our participant gateway to access resources from Phase One, or access our Toolkit for further guidance.

Participant testimonials

Local areas participating in Phase One have provided feedback on their experiences of the programme.

“The case reviews might be one of the best things I've ever done in my career in education...I want to replicate this exercise with the entire team as it was so valuable.”

Assistant Director in SEND

DBV local area

“The excitement seeing the data has created is amazing”

Programme manager

DBV local area

“We thought we knew our area well, but we didn't have an external and solid evidence base to back it up… it's aiding us in conversation with partners, it has more legitimacy”

Director of Children’s Services

DBV local area

“The variation analysis helped us initiate a deeper dive into what makes inclusive schools - very interesting”

SEND lead

DBV local area

“We always embark on these type of conversations with trepidation, but it’s been a really good conversation. I feel really enthused and energised by the approach, it sounds like there’s some real support coming our way so thank you.”

Education Improvement Consultant,

Participating Local Authority

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