The role of the Southend SEND team
The work of the Southend special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) team is underpinned by legislation set out in the Education Act 1996, Equality Act 2010, Children and Families Act 2014, Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 and statutory guidance from the SEND Code of Practice and includes:
- considering, initiating and co-ordinating an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment (EHCNA)
- issuing and reviewing Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs)
- arranging provision and placements for pupils with EHCPs
- support and challenge to schools regarding provision for pupils with EHCPs or those on SEN Support, to ensure they are effectively using their delegated SEND resources and making appropriate provision.
- ensuring that children and young people with an EHCP have their needs met in either an educational setting or by way of alternative provision.
- working in collaboration with other agencies, such as social care and health in relation to pupils with SEND
The team is also responsible for SEND home to school transport and the monitoring of High Needs Block resources and contracts with schools and service providers.
The SEND Team strives to work in collaboration with parents, carers, settings, partners and young people to ensure that all of their SEND paperwork and systems are co-produced.
We continually monitor the quality and impact of the work of the SEND Team to ensure that children and young people are at the heart of our work and our commitment is to ensure that children and young people with SEND in Southend have access to a high quality education that enables them to make progress and achieve well. The Southend SEND Partnership oversees this.
Read the privacy notice that relates to the team.