SEND Strategy 2019 - 2024

Page Updated: 20th May 2021


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In West Sussex we want all children and young people to the gain the skills and confidence they need to live well in their community. Children and young people should be supported and nurtured through an educational system that responds to their circumstances, learning needs and abilities in order to prepares them for adulthood. To help up to achieve this vision we have co-produced a SEND and inclusion strategy with parent carers, young people, education providers and professionals from social care, health and education. Together, we have identified the following three priorities for our work:

Priority: Knowing our children families well (an inclusive, person centred approach) Children and young people and their families will:

  • Have their educational needs understood and planned for as early as possible

  • Feel they belong and are valued

  • Be confident partners in the planning for their future, including at times of transition

  • Understand and have confidence in the SEND services available in West Sussex, whether that is within health, education, social care or the voluntary sector.

  • Priority: Meeting the needs of children and young people through our schools, educational settings and services West Sussex will have:

  • A skilled, confident and resilient workforce, able to meet the educational, social and emotional needs of all children and young people

  • A range of high quality schools, settings and services, where good practice is celebrated and shared

  • A consistent graduated approach that will “assess, plan, do and review” the support that has been put in place to meet the needs of each child and young person with SEND.

  • Priority: Working together towards solutions (collective responsibility) Everyone involved in supporting the needs of West Sussex children and young people will:

  • Experience services, systems and processes which support schools and settings to meet needs and to access timely, appropriate and relevant information

  • Think creatively to develop solutions that meet the needs of children and young people with SEND as close to home as possible, ideally within West Sussex

  • Have quality assurance in place to ensure consistent, effective and inclusive provision and practice

  • Use data and intelligence to plan together to meet current and projected needs of children and young people.

  • This page contains a copy of the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and Inclusion Strategy for 2019-2024 and copies of action plans and reports to highlight the progress that has been made. To access more information click the arrows to expand the text.


    SEND Strategy Board Meeting Notes

    April and May 2021 Documents

    January 2021 Documents

    December 2020 Documents

    September 2020 Documents

    May 2020 Documents

    January 2020 Documents

    Updates before the final SEND Strategy was released

    Have your say on SEND and Inclusion Draft Strategy 2019-24

    SEND & Inclusion Newsletter

    You can view all past SEND & Inclusion Newsletters on the Local Offer SEND & Inclusion Newsletter web page