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East Sussex SEND Strategy

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What is the SEND Strategy

The East Sussex Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Strategy is a document that identifies the high-level priorities needed to support children and young people with SEND, and their families.

The Strategy will establish what priorities are needed to support children and young people with SEND to achieve the best possible outcomes in life.

The Strategy identifies the partners who were involved in co-producing the document, such as ISEND Services, schools and health practitioners.

These partners are responsible for delivering the priorities outlined in the Strategy. By working together, they will aim to ensure inclusive education for all is at the heart of the Strategy.

What it Means to You

For children, young people and families, the SEND Strategy is a document that incorporates how different SEND services, support and pathways are improved. For example, the Strategy will outline different expectations about how partners will all work together and be responsible for delivering improvements.

For professionals, the SEND Strategy will set the high-level plans and goals for improving education and provision for the children and young people they work with.

For schools, the SEND Strategy will highlight high-level plans and priorities that will influence how educational settings will improve support for SEND children and young people.

Developing the SEND Strategy

The SEND Strategy is being developed in collaboration with a SEND Strategy Steering Group (SSG), which is formed by representatives from various groups within the East Sussex SEND Community, such as:


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

In East Sussex, strategic co-production is where all partners, including East Sussex Parent Carer Forum (ESPCF), play an equal part in strategic decision-making processes. They play a key role in shaping, developing, implementing and evaluating SEND services and processes.

The Priority Themes

ISEND Services worked with children on the Children’s Disability Council and identified 5 overarching priority themes for SEND development in East Sussex:

These themes already provide the framework for collaborative working on SEND in East Sussex, which the SSG agreed to use for key headings within the strategy. The results from the 2021 Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) recommendations and Ofsted feedback will also be used to identify priority areas of work under each theme. Working groups have already been established to carry out the plans needed to develop services and processes:

Engagement Events

ISEND have worked with ESPCF and SLES to host engagement events to talk to parent carers and school leaders about the SEND priorities to include in the new 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 and the next steps that will directly feed into the SEND strategy.

Children and Young People events

Representatives in the SSG also met with young people from different youth groups, like the Young SEND Ambassadors, to ensure they were involved in strategy development as well.

The young people created a statement that will be celebrated and used 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 to develop a shared understanding and vision about the priorities and how SEND Services can support best practice in school settings.


Everyone (including schools, the public and partners) will have a chance to comment and express their views through a survey (also known as a consultation). The results of that consultation will be considered ahead of the final version of the Strategy.

The survey will be shared on this section when it becomes available.

The SEND Strategy 2022-2025 Delivery

As part of the SEND Strategy 2022-2025 development, we will be reviewing how the identified priorities will be delivered in East Sussex. This work will be guided by a SEND Strategy Governance group (SGG) with an independent chair. The SGG will have oversight and provide direction to the various groups that will be working on creating long-term changes for SEND in East Sussex.

The new SEND Strategy 2022-2025 will see a definitive shift towards ensuring co-production with our key partners (also known as stakeholders) becomes a regular feature of service design.

The official SEND Strategy 2022-2025 will be launched in late 2022.

You can still view the previous, 2019-2021 SEND Strategy:

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Get Involved

Visit this websites page on how to ‘Have Your Say’, which offers various ways in which your voice can be heard and contribute to the developments of various ISEND services. 

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

Glossary of East Sussex SEND Terms

Some of the terms used on this website are explained on our page, Glossary of East Sussex SEND Terms.

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