Decision details

SEND Strategy

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The new SEND and Inclusion Strategy sets out our vision for people with Special Educational Needs in Staffordshire. Cabinet will be asked to consider approval of the new Strategy, noting the engagement and consultation process completed during its development, and subsequent to this to support implementation of the Strategy, and ensure that it is used to inform commissioning of services.



“We want all children with special educational needs and disabilities to be able to reach their potential by receiving the right support at the right time in their own communities, at their local school or place of education.


We have worked hard to meet increased demand and part of that development process has been to work closely with partners, professionals and parents to find the best way forward.


This strategy lays down the principles upon which our work will be based, particularly using the funding available to have pupils educated more inclusively closer to home, while multiple groups work together better for each child’s benefit.”


Jonathan Price, Cabinet Member for Education (and SEND)


Reasons for the Decision – To consider the updated SEND Strategy 2021-26 which details how the Council and its partners will support the inclusion of all children and young people, particularly those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). This Strategy builds on the outcomes of the 2018 Ofsted/CQC Local Area SEND Inspection and the Written Statement of Action.


Decision – (a) That the update to the SEND Strategy, in light of the responses received during the consultation period, be noted.


(b) That the Staffordshire SEND Strategy be approved as the core vision and key priority areas that the County Council, along with the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and partners (including education and health providers) will use to drive our ambition for improving provision for our children and young people.

Report author: Julie Day

Publication date: 18/02/2021

Date of decision: 17/02/2021

Decided at meeting: 17/02/2021 - Cabinet

Effective from: 24/02/2021

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