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Improving special educational needs and disability services

We are doing this in response to the families, staff and partners who have told us that the system isn’t working as well as it should be for them. As a result, the programme, called SEND 2020, will involve working differently with our partners to transform SEND services.

New legislation (the Children and Families’ Act 2014), also requires us to adopt a new approach, and as a first step we have been listening to and collecting feedback from families.

The SEND 2020 vision

The vision for the overall programme is that children and young people are happy, healthy, safe and confident in their future. Linda Kemeny, the county council’s Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Educational Achievement provides political leadership for the programme and is the sponsor for the work.

The SEND Partnership Board, chaired by Julie Fisher, the county council's director for children's services, is made up of representatives from social care, education, health and families. It oversees the programme with a focus on our shared aim to improve the lives of children with SEND.

The SEND 2020 programme has four workstreams designed to:

  • transform the customer experience
  • rebuild the system
  • reshape the local offer
  • and develop inclusive practice.

Please read the SEND 2020 Development Plan (PDF) to find out more about our plans to improve SEND services for children and young people in Surrey.

For more information download our one page strategy (PDF) or get involved by following SEND 2020 on LinkedIn or Facebook. Alternatively you can email us at

Surrey updated transfer plan published

We are pleased to publish an updated version of Surrey's transfer plan (PDF). This plan details the numbers of statements of special educational needs (SSENs) to be transferred to new educational, health and care plans (EHCPs). This academic year, Surrey is transferring statements of pupils in Year(s) 2, 6, 9 and 11. The plan also clearly lists the numbers of statements expected to transfer in academic year 17/18.

Local Area Inspection of Surrey’s SEND services

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) conducted a joint inspection of the Surrey local area from 17 to 21 October 2016 to judge the effectiveness of the area in implementing the disability and special educational needs reforms as set out in the Children and Families Act 2014.

Inspectors spoke with children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, parents and carers, representatives of the local authority and National Health Service (NHS) officers. They visited a range of providers and spoke to leaders, staff and governors about how they were implementing the special educational needs reforms. Inspectors looked at a range of information about the performance of the local area, including the local area’s self-evaluation. Inspectors also met with leaders from the local area for health, social care and education. Inspectors reviewed performance data and evidence about the local offer and joint commissioning.

The inspection focused on three key lines of enquiry:

  • The effectiveness of the local area in identifying children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities
  • The effectiveness of the local area in assessing and meeting the needs of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities
  • The effectiveness of the local area in improving outcomes for children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities

The outcome of the inspection is available in the published findings letter.

Surrey SEND Written Statement of Action

The Surrey SEND written statement of action sets out the additional focussed activity that has been put in place to address a number of issues raised in the inspection around the quality and consistency of SEND services to support children and young people.  Ofsted and CQC have confirmed that this approach is fit for purpose and that it holds children and families at its heart.  A further background document outlines the learning and commitment of local area leaders to pursue further improvements for children and families.

Progress report - June 2017

We have published a progress report setting out the key activities and progress made against each of the goals since the launch of the SEND Development Plan in spring 2016.

Files available to download