Draft Strategy on the Provision for Pupils with Special Education Needs (SEN) in Sutton

Closed 6 Dec 2017

Opened 8 Nov 2017


Every child is precious, and every parent wants their child to be happy and to do well at school. For the majority of parents this involves having a choice of local schools and colleges and, within each school or college, a choice of subjects that enables young people to develop their interests and become independent citizens.

For parents with children who have additional needs, the choices are often more limited, but are no less important. All children will eventually become adults, and we need to ensure that they are equipped to live and thrive as independently as possible in a complex and ever-changing society. Whatever their ability, they will need to assess and take appropriate risks, to form and break relationships, and to live and work as independently as possible.

Nationally, about 97% of children pass through the school system without the need for help or support beyond that which the school itself can provide. Of this group, about 12% will need additional help at some stage, often only for a short period of time. This help will come from the skills and expertise available in their own school.  So for the vast majority of children in England, the pathway through education is relatively straightforward.

However, nationally, about 2.8% of children need a higher level of support, such as an assessment for an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). Of these children, depending on where you live, about half will continue to attend a mainstream school and about half will attend a special school or unit.

With increasingly fewer resources being available to Local Authorities and Schools, this document sets out Sutton’s long term strategic plan to ensure that provision for children with SEND is of high quality and is of sufficient quantity to meet likely future needs. It covers the following areas:

  • our vision and values
  • a summary of the current position as we see it in Sutton
  • how we want to better support pupils and parents with SEN in the Borough
  • a commissioning strategy on the SEN provision we think we need for the future
  • other changes including the way in which we assess pupils with SEN and how they are funded 



Why We Are Consulting

This is a draft strategy that will evolve over time and it has been written at a relatively high level in order to convey a 'direction of travel'. We are keen to hear the views of interested stakeholders at this point to further inform the development of the strategy for the future.

Readers should be aware that there will be specific proposals in the strategy (particularly within the commissioning strategy) that will require additional consultation in line with statutory and legislative requirements. Depending on the feedback received on this overaching strategy document the Council intends to take consultations on these proposals forward next year. 

What Happens Next

Officers intend to share the feedback from the initial consultation phase with Children, Families and Education Committee on 4 January 2018 where Councillors will be asked to endorse or amend the intended 'direction of travel' as set out in the strategy.

We realise that this initial consultation phase is relatively short however as stated above, any substantive changes to schools with SEN provision will be subject to further consultation, this therefore represents the first but not the last opportunity to make your views known as part of an ongoing programme of work. 


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