Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

The SEND Priority Workstream is led by Elaine Allegretti (DCS Barking and Dagenham), and supported by the SEND Steering Group and SEND Strategic Managers and Parent Carer Network.

What we are seeking to achieve:


  • Reset the tone of the SEND agenda: While we recognise the financial pressures facing SEND services, our core aim is to support families, young people, and services to work together productively to achieve the best outcomes for children and young people.
  • Champion best practice and collaboration to improve outcomes for children and efficiency for services: We will seek out best practice to improve outcomes for children and young people, strengthen the offer and equity of access, raise aspirations and enhance efficiency. We recognise that children, young people and families live within communities that cut across local authority boundaries and pursue opportunities for better collaboration across commissioning, delivery, inclusiveness and quality.
  • Respond regionally to the changing landscape: We ensure that London is coordinated and attune to the 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:



For more information on LIIA’s SEND workstream, read our 2021/22 Annual Plan by clicking on the below image.


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.