Council making “significant progress” in improving SEND service according to independent expert

Education younger age children sat round a table in a class room with a teacher

Published Friday, 27th September 2019

Positive early findings of an independent review of services to children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) will be shared at People Committee on 10 October

In the ‘early findings’ report, Sharon Scott, the independent expert reviewing local services, states:

“Good progress has been made” which “will lead to excellent services being provided across the local area for all children and young people with SEND” because “significant progress has been made in putting building blocks in place.”

Councillor Marian James, Chair of People Committee, said:

“I’m pleased to see an independent review confirms we are continuing to improve. Our progress is also recognised by the Government and NHS England. I want to thank Sharon for her positive, and constructive feedback on the steps we are taking, and look forward to receiving her full report.

“These reports, and the others we have published today demonstrate the pace and breadth of the improvements we are making. I have always spoken of our commitment to ensure every child in Sutton achieves their potential. We are ambitious for Sutton’s children.”

The committee will also consider reports covering Sutton’s:

  • Youth Offending Team which statistically out performs or equals all national data relating to young people offending
  • Key priority focus of safeguarding vulnerable adults
  • Strong track record in ensuring sufficient school places in response to rapidly changing demographics
  • Progress towards ensuring children and young people with SEND, and their families, are at the centre of its ambition to ensure that all residents can make informed choices about their lives, to stay active, to live well independently and to stay safe.

The meeting reports are available on the council website.