SEND and Inclusion Strategy 2019-24

Closed 14 Jun 2019

Opened 13 May 2019

Feedback Updated 8 Jul 2019

We Asked

For your comments on a two page document that outlined the County Council’s draft SEND and Inclusion strategy 2019 to 2024.

The document proposed the vision, priorities and key activities for the SEND and Inclusion Strategy, which the Education and Skills Directorate and all SEND and Inclusion stakeholders will focus on over the next five years.

You Said

  • You supported the Vision (84%), Priorities (95%) and Key Activities (72%).
  • You were confused by some of the definitions/ language.
  • You were concerned that there is insufficient provision for children and young people with your child’s special education needs or disabilities and a few of you have chosen to take your child out of school for that reason.
  • You were concerned about the ability to deliver the Strategy due to a lack of sufficient funding, resources and commitment from some education partners.

You wanted to see the delivery plan and data dashboard, so that you could understand how the strategy would be implemented and how success would be measured. 

We Did

Following receipt of your feedback we:

  1. Developed an implementation plan setting out the tasks and timelines to be undertaken and managed by the project over the next five years.
  2. Identified the resources to support the implementation.
  3. Developed a data dashboard to show how success will be measured.
  4. Had additional discussions with School Leaders on the implementation plan and the data dashboard.
  5. Considered all consultation responses and feedback and the final strategy and its implementation will:
  • Include the implementation plan and data dashboard
  • Set out the main dependencies upon which the delivery plan is based
  • Clarify some of the wording and definitions

Improve the quality of inclusion in educational settings to increase parental confidence and ensuring children’s needs are met.

Results Updated 10 Jul 2019

The Consultation Response Paper for the Draft SEND and Inclusion Strategy 2019-2024 is available for downloading, see below.




This strategy builds on our SEND strategy for 2016-2019 and the outcomes of our 2018 Ofsted/ CQC SEND Local Area inspection.

The Draft Strategy is a starting point that will be refined and further developed in response to the views of stakeholders. We are therefore now inviting comments on our proposals.

The results of the first consultation will be reviewed and the draft strategy will be amended as appropriate prior to the commencement of a second consultation which will take place between 8th July and 23rd July 2019.

Feedback will be provided on the “we asked, you said we did” section of the “Have Your Say” hub. The final document will be presented to the Children’s & Young People’s Select Committee on 29th August 2019 and will be considered by the Committee on 11th September. The Draft Strategy will be amended in light of the feedback and the Final Strategy will approved by the Cabinet Member for Education and Skills.

It is therefore our ambition that the new SEND and Inclusion Strategy, together with a detailed implementation plan incorporating each of the eleven actions, will be ready for implementation in October 2019.

Our SEND and Inclusion Strategy has been co-produced during the spring term 2019 with a wide representation of stakeholders. These include parent carers and young people as well as education providers and other professionals from across social care, health and education to ensure it relates to other local authority strategies. Together, we (where “we” is all stakeholders) have identified priorities for all our work.

Why We Are Consulting

The County Council wants to listen to everyone that is involved in education provision across West Sussex. To create strong partnership working, the views of all stakeholders are being sought in this consultation on a Draft Strategy.  Schools, educational settings, academy trusts, the Dioceses, other organisations, parent carers, children and young people are invited to comment.

Your feedback on the Draft SEND Strategy will ensure that the County Council is taking the right steps to improve educational outcomes in West Sussex.

The questions relate to the sections of the Draft Strategy so it is advised that you read the document first and have a copy nearby to refer to.

Easy Read versions of the strategy and questions are available to be downloaded using the links below. 

If you require this information in an alternative format, then please contact us on 0330 222 8735 or via

Alternatively, if you are deaf or hard or hearing and have the NGT app installed on your laptop, PC or smartphone, you can contact us on 18001 0330 222 8735.


  • SEND and Inclusion Strategy: Drop in event for young people and families

    From 23 May 2019 at 16:00 to 23 May 2019 at 19:30

    Student Union, Chichester College, Westgate Fields, Chichester, PO19 1SB

    Please note, there is no free parking at Chichester College. There is a £0.50p car parking charge at the college car park.

  • Parent Carer Face to Face Consultation meeting on SEND and Inclusion Strategy

    From 5 Jun 2019 at 10:30 to 5 Jun 2019 at 12:00

    Dove Lodge, 49 Beach Road, Littlehampton BN17 5JG

  • Parent Carer Face to Face consultation meeting on SEND and Inclusion Strategy

    From 12 Jun 2019 at 10:30 to 12 Jun 2019 at 12:00

    Stanley Room, Billingshurst Community and Conference Centre, Roman Way, Billingshurst, RH14 9QW


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