Supporting service development and provision for children and young people

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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 through our regional Steering Group, members of the network and national bodies. 

Governance is through the SE19 SEND Network Steering Group, chaired by Kevin McDaniel (DCS Royal Borough 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).

The SE19 SEND Regional Improvement Plan 2022-2023 can be found here 

Check out below for latest SEND news.

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

SE19 SEND Network Structure March 2023

SEND SE19 News


SENDAP Improvement Plan Update

The long awaited publication of the Governments SEND and Alternative Provision Improvement Plan is now available to view and download.

The plan explains what the Government proposes they will do to make sure more children and young people with SEND or in alternative provision get the support they need.

It follows the SEND and alternative provision green paper which was consulted on in March 2022. The plan includes:

  • responses to the feedback received
  • the improvements they will make as a result of the feedback
  • the proposals they’re going to test and review

The roadmap summarises the actions the Government will take to improve the SEND and alternative provision system in England that are set out in the improvement plan.


The Government’s SEND and alternative provision green paper sets out its vision for a single, national SEND and alternative provision (AP) system that will introduce new standards in the quality of support given to children across education, health and social care. You can access a copy of the Green Paper on

Alongside the Green paper, they have also published:

The South East Green Paper Briefing 11 May 2022 can also be found here

DfE Improvement and Operations Division (SIOD). This is the DfE division that provides support and challenge to local authorities in their SEND responsibilities. 

A table identifying local authority case leads is available here.

Regional SEND Advisors  

Since April 1st 2022 there are two SEND Advisors in the region. Liz Flaherty and Mark McCurrie will provide a link between region, individual local authorities and DfE. A table showing allocated LAs and advisors is attached here.

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

SEND SE19 Events & Workstreams

Events 2022-2023. We are continuing to can use an MS Team platform for current events and meetings. We will keep this under review as the year progresses.

Meetings and working groups

Please click here for a chart showing the full range of SE19 working groups.

Upcoming SEND Forum

13th December 2023

14th February 2024

24th April 2024

19th June 2024

Notes of previous SEND Strategic Leads meetings

15th May 2024

13th March 2024

24th January 2024

15th November 2023

5th July 2023

17th May 2023

15th March 2023

25th January 2023

16th November 2022

14th September 2022

Notes of previous SEND Forums

SE19 SEND Forum Newsletter – July ’23

SE19 SEND Forum Newsletter – April ’23

SE19 SEND Joint Conversation Update Dec ’22

SE19 SEND Joint Conversation Update July ’22

SE19 SEND Conversations 22 March 2022 Notes

SE19 SEND Conversations 15 February 22 Notes

SE19 SEND Conversations 25 January 2022

SE19 SEND Conversations 30 November 2021

Workstreams and links to web pages

These workstreams have dedicated  pages where you can find notes of previous meetings, dates of future meetings, documents for sharing and other relevant updates.

SE19 Post 16/Preparing for Adulthood Working GroupA 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 Operations Managers/Team Leaders: A peer support and effetive practice network for LA managers with responsibility for sSEND service delivery.

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 meetings and workshops

    Please use the contact details below to find out more.

    Contact Details

    Data Benchmarking: Luke Ede (East Sussex)

    07925 148597

    S.E. Region SEND Network Programme Co-ordinator: Sheelagh Sullivan (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)

    SE19 SEND Network Co-ordinator: Ellen Atkinson (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)

    07875 145931

    SE19 SEND Network Co-ordinator: Nick King (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)