Southend SEND: Early Identification and Support Toolkit

Experts in special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) have worked together to make this guide to support the early and accurate identification of Special Educational Needs (SEND) across Southend.

The Southend SEND: Early Identification and Support Toolkit gives information about examples of assessment tools that are ‘tried and tested' and can be used to inform any support and intervention that may be needed, both in the setting and home. It can be used by settings to support conversations with families and to make sure there is better consistency across the City. The guide also gives examples of questions that may be asked to support decision making around if and when an assessment may be helpful.

It was developed by education and health colleagues at Southend-on-Sea City Council, professionals and with families and through events offered through the Council's SEND Leadership Programme and targeted discussions within schools.