Who we are 

The South East Region SEND network (self-named 'SE19' after our membership) is set up to support service development and provision for children and young people in line with the 2014 Children and Families Act.

We include all stakeholders: education, health, social care, parent carers and young people.

We operate through peer support as well as running regional events, workshops and training on topics which are identified throughour regional Steering Group, members of the network and national bodies. 

Governance is through the SE19 SEND Network Steering Group, chaired by Kevin McDaniel (DCS RB Windsor & Maidenhead). Membership is made up of representatives from Local Authority SEND Leads together with representation from National Network of Parent Carer Forums, Designated Clinical Officer and Principal Education Psychologist representation, with input from DfE SEND Advisers and NHS England (South East).

Check out below for latest SEND news.

For more details please contact Tracey Maytas.

The SEND SE19 Network links closely with the SESLIP AD Education Network. To view the latest news and updates from the SESLIP AD Education Network, please see here

SEND SE19 events & workstreams


Events 2020-2021. We have moved to a MS Team platform for current events (invitiation only unless specified).

Preparing for adulthood task and finish groups 

Wednesday 10 March 2021 3-5pm: Commissioning Individual Study Programmes

Thursday 11 March 2021 10 - 12: Transition to Future Life

Tuesday 23 March 2021 12 - 2pm: Defining continuing progress

Upcoming seminars and workshops 

Monday 29 March 2021 10 - 1pm: Outcomes-based accountability

Thursday 25 March 10.45-11.45; 12-1pm: Progression to employment 

Email invitations have been circulated for these events.

Upcoming "SEND/Covid conversations"

SEND/ Covid conversation #17 - 24 March 2021 12:30-13:45 (LAs)

Notes of previous SEND/Covid conversations

SEND/Covid conversation #15 - 09/02/21

Regional DfE SEND Briefing and Notes - 24/02/2021


Summary of events 2019-2020

Summary of events 2018-2019

Workstreams and links to web pages

Strategic Co-Production for Commissioning Group: A forum for local authorities and parent/carer representatives to support co-production and participation in commissioning service provision for the local offer. Activity will resume from April 2021.

SE19 Post 16/Preparing for Adulthood Working Group: A network of the LA post-16 leads and education providers working together to improved outcomes for children 16-25, supported by National Development Team for Inclusion.

SE19 DCO/DMO Forum: A network of all Designated Clinical Officers and Designated Medical Officers, supported by NHS England SE Region SEND Programme Leads. Upcoming meeting dates are listed here.

Our Frontline is a partnership between ShoutSamaritansMindHospice UK and The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of CambridgeFind out more about them here. There are tailored support pages for staff working in schoolsand staff working in social care.


Minister Ford's Open Letter 05 March 2021

Secretary of State's Letter to Schools' Leaders 03 March 2021

High needs national funding formula proposed changes 10 February 2021  Department for Education has launched a consultation with proposed changes to the funding formula that will calculate allocations of high needs funding in 2022-23, to ensure funding is directed where it is needed most. Closing date for responses is 24th March.

Minister Ford's letter to the SEND sector 14th January 2021

From autumn 2020, Ofsted and CQC have been conducting a limited number of visits to local areas regarding their SEND arrangements. 

COVID-19 Guidance

Guidance for Further Education and Skills Providers (including for Supported Internships

Four PHE flowcharts for managing infection in schools and childcare settings: Hampshire & Isle of WightKentSurrey &  Sussex and Thames Valley.

COVID-19 Newsflashes

DfE has updated their guidance for education and childcare settings in relation to attendance and what to do if a child is displaying COVID symptoms.

Court and tribunal updates

The Ministry of Justice has published high-level advice regarding coronavirus on gov.uk, which can be found here. This page provides advice and guidance for all court and tribunal users during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak including how they are working, which locations are working and changes to hearings scheduled and will be updated when new advice is available.

Updated practice direction issued by the Senior President of Tribunals relating to panel composition in the First-tier and Upper Tribunals can be acccessed via this link.

Legal information relating to aspects of telephone and video hearings can be accessed here.

SE19 Inspection Reports

Inspection letters

The Government has published Local area SEND inspection outcome letters for the following local authorities in the SE region:

Brighton and Hove; East Sussex; HampshireIsle of Wight; KentMedway; Milton KeynesOxfordshire; PortsmouthSouthampton; Surrey; West Berkshire; West SussexWindsor and MaidenheadWokingham (15/19). Inspecition visit have been suspended during the pandemic and will restart from spring 2021. Those awaiting their SEND inspection are Bracknell Forest; Buckinghamshire;  Reading; Slough. (4/19). 

Inspection Revisits

The Government has published Local Area SEND Inspection Revisit outcomes for the following local authorities in the SE region:

Medway; OxfordshireSurrey; Windsor and Maidenhead.

Re-visits to Kent and Wokingham are awaited.

Ofsted and Care Quality Commission inspect local areas’ effectiveness in identifying and meeting the needs of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. 

Read more about these inspections in the inspection framework and handbook. There is also information about these inspections for families