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East Sussex SEND Strategy

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East Sussex SEND Strategy 2022-2025

The East Sussex Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Strategy 2022-2025:

is a document that identifies the high-level priorities. These priorities highlight what's needed to support children and young people with SEND, and their families

establishes what priorities are needed to support children and young people with SEND. This will enable them to achieve the best possible outcomes in life

identifies the partners who are responsible for working together to deliver the priorities

The SEND Strategy aims to develop more opportunities for co-production. This includes our key partners (also known as stakeholders), so that it becomes a regular feature of service design.

SEND Strategy Governance Board

As part of the SEND Strategy 2022-2025 development, a SEND Strategy Governance Board (SGB) meet throughout the year. The SGB has an independent chair. The SGB meet to monitor how the identified priorities will be delivered in East Sussex. The board will have oversight of the Strategy. They will also provide direction to working groups that are implementing action plans. This will help them to deliver change for the SEND community. 

What the Strategy Means to You

For children, young people and families:

The SEND Strategy is a document that explains how different SEND services, support and pathways will be improved. The Strategy outlines different expectations about how partners will work together and be responsible for delivering improvements.

For professionals:

The SEND Strategy sets the high-level plans and goals. These aim to help improve education and provision for the children and young people they work with.

For schools:

The SEND Strategy highlights high-level plans and priorities. These aim to influence how educational settings will improve support for SEND children and young people.

Developing the SEND Strategy

The SEND Strategy was developed in collaboration with a steering group. This was formed by representatives from various groups within the East Sussex SEND Community, such as:


The collaboration of these groups set a foundation for ongoing strategic co-production. This means partners will work together to use everyone's knowledge and skills. This will create better outcomes for children and young people with SEND, and their families.

We aim to create more opportunities in East Sussex for strategic co-production. This is where all partners play an equal part in strategic decision-making processes.

Priority Themes

Education East Sussex worked with stakeholders and the Children’s Disability Council to identify 5 overarching priority themes for SEND development in East Sussex:

These themes provide the framework for collaborative working for SEND in East Sussex. The recommendations from the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) recommendations and Ofsted feedback have also been used to identify priority areas of work under each theme. Working groups have already been set up to carry out the plans needed to develop services and processes.

You can find out more by visiting the JSNA website:

Engagement Events

Education East Sussex worked with ESPCF to host engagement events. This allowed us to talk to parent carers and school leaders about which SEND priorities to include in the Strategy.

Parent carer events

In February, March and June 2022, ESPCF hosted engagement events with parents and carers. 

The events:

The events highlighted valuable suggestions that fed into the SEND Strategy.

Children and Young People events

We held workshops with young people from different youth groups. This included the Young SEND Ambassadors.

The young people created a statement that we use as a foundation for the Strategy:

‘All people who work with Children and Young People with SEND understand what matters to them, they listen to them and know how to help them be included and happy. This allows them to enjoy their education and make good academic, social and emotional progress to achieve their ambitions.’

School events

A series of events were held with school leaders. This aimed to develop a shared understanding and vision about the priorities and how SEND Services can support best practice in school settings.


We published a consultation (also known as a survey) in October 2022. The aim of the survey was to collect more comments and views. The results of that consultation were considered ahead of the final version of the Strategy.

How to Get Involved

Visit this websites' page on how to ‘Have Your Say’. This page offers various ways in which you can share your views and contribute to various Education East Sussex services. 

You can also visit the ‘You Said, We Did’ web page. This page outlines how feedback has already shaped various services.

Glossary of East Sussex SEND Terms

We explain some of the terms used on this website on our page, Glossary of East Sussex SEND Terms.

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