The SEND Priority Workstream is led by Elaine Allegretti (DCS Barking and Dagenham).

What we are seeking to achieve:

  • Reset the tone of the SEND agenda: Whilst we recognise that SEND sits within a very challenging financial context, our core aim is to work together to improve outcomes, whilst using resources responsibly and advocating for appropriate funding to meet the needs of some of the most vulnerable children, young people and families within our communities and region.
  • Hear and act on the voices and experiences of children and young people with SEND and their families: We will place the experiences of our children, young people and families at the heart of our work so it shapes and challenges our priorities, what good looks like and what we can do better.
  • Best practice and collaboration to improve outcomes and efficiency: Seeking out best practice to improve outcomes for children and young people, strengthen the offer and equity of access, raise aspirations and enhance efficiency. Working together to support families to thrive in their communities and achieve best independence, and recognising that children, young people and families live within communities that cut across local authority boundaries and opportunities for better collaboration across commissioning, delivery, inclusiveness and quality.
  • Responding regionally to the changing landscape: Making sure we are coordinated and attune to changing needs of the SEND landscape – including post Covid assurance, regulatory and statutory changes and transformation of health commissioning and delivery arrangements with STP and Integrated Care developments.

Key principles underpinning our delivery:

  • We are committed to the ambitions of the SEND reforms, working with children, young people and families so that children and young people experience improved outcomes and achieve their best independence.
  • We want all children and young people with SEND to thrive in their families, local schools and communities.
  • We will work in partnership to improve outcomes and enable independence for successful transition to and in adulthood.
  • We will do all we can to ensure early years settings, schools and further and higher education providers are inclusive and that parents and carers are able to exercise parental choice in the best interests of their children.
  • We will work together to shape local health, care, education, support, and free time provider markets to empower children, young people and families to flourish in their communities.
  • Recognising autonomy of local authorities and diversity of their community

Read our 2021/22 Programme Plan by clicking the below image

How we will engage others:

We are engaging key pan-London groups in the development and delivery of the programme including the SEND Strategic Managers and Parent Carers Network, London Region DfE SEND Steering Group and London Innovation and Improvement Alliance. We are working closely with children, young people and families and key partners such as Health.

Please contact Frank Offer to discuss the programme further.

Our Ambitions for SEND

Our Pan-London SEND Conference was held in October 2021. We closed the event with a wonderful video from Trinity School celebrating London's SEND children. Click the below image to watch.


We are committed to improving outcomes for children and young people with SEND over the next 12-18 months.

Our priorities are:

  • Addressing the impact of covid-19 on children and young people with SEND through pan-London networking on what is working well and areas for development and support.
  • Improving use of data to know ourselves and improve outcomes for children and young people with SEND.
  • Jointly working with ALDCS health agenda to develop a pan-London framework for joint working with Health and a more consistent offer for children with SEND.
  • Developing greater independence and preparation for adulthood, with a focus on regional collaboration 16-25 - transition pathways, education, training and employment.
  • Joint work on commissioning, for children and young people with a high level of need, with focus on ASD/SEMH, to improve outcomes, working with the Placement Commissioning workstream.
  • Improve collaboration and performance through developing and offering peer challenge and peer reviews with key stakeholders to improve outcomes for children and young people with SEND.

These priorities will be delivered alongside responding to the national SEND review and supporting pan-London collaboration to deliver new requirements.

Supporting learning and improvement:

  • We will support the delivery of the priorities through a programme of pan-London ALDCS SEND Learning events co-ordinated with DfE SEND Regional Co-ordinator programme, SEND Strategic Managers and Parent Carers Network and DfE commissioned strategic partners.
  • We will develop a repository of effective/innovative practice in SEND to support collaboration, enhanced use of resources, strengthened equity of offer and improvement in outcomes for children and young people.

SEND Programme oversight:

The programme oversight is designed to provide clear oversight and greater integration of pan-London programmes to improve outcomes for children and young people with SEND. We have developed more integrated governance arrangements, aligned with DfE regional support as set out below.