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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:

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 we will improve different SEND:

The Strategy outlines different expectations about how partners will:

For professionals:

The SEND Strategy sets the high-level plans and goals. These aim to help improve education and provision for the CYP 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 CYP with SEND.

Developing the SEND Strategy

A steering group collaborated to develop the SEND Strategy. The group included representatives from various groups within the East Sussex SEND Community. Groups include:


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 CYP 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

5 overarching priority themes were identified for SEND development in East Sussex:

These themes were identified by:

These themes provide the framework for collaborative working for SEND in East Sussex. Priority areas of work within each theme was then identified by:

Working groups have 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

East Sussex Parent Carer Forum (ESPCF) hosted engagement events with parents and carers. These took place in February, March and June 2022.

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:


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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