Draft Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Inclusion Strategy consultation opens


Release date: 15 May 2019

Every child and young person in West Sussex should be supported and nurtured through a local educational system that responds to their diverse circumstances and prepares them for adulthood.  

Their experience should ensure they achieve the skills and confidence required to make a positive contribution to the community in which they live.

That is the vision of West Sussex County Council’s new draft SEND and Inclusion Strategy 2019-2024. It has been designed to support the inclusion of everyone aged 0-25, especially those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), and comments are being sought to help shape it further.

The draft strategy has been co-developed by over 150 young people, parent carers, schools and colleges, and professionals through a series of workshops and events, and further comments are wanted to continue to shape it.

Key areas of focus are children and their families having their needs identified as early as possible, schools and colleges being equipped to meet the individual educational, social and emotional needs of children and young people, and a high-quality education delivered consistently across all settings.

The strategy is based on a collaborative and creative approach to making sure every West Sussex child is given the best start in life and sets out how these aims will be delivered.

Richard Burrett, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “I am extremely grateful to the large number of people who have already contributed and really encourage others to take part in the consultation to help shape the final strategy.”

The consultation ends on 14 June 2019 and can be found  on our consultation hub.

A new SEND and Inclusion Strategy Board with parent carer and school representation will formally oversee the delivery and progress of the strategy once it is published.

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