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SEND and Inclusion

Our vision for children and young people with SEND is:

That all children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities reach their full potential. We are committed to ensuring that clear and realistic outcomes are achieved and that young people have the opportunity to become as healthy, independent and resilient as possible.’


This vision supports the ambition of Barnet to be the most Family Friendly Borough by 2020. The strategy to achieve this, set out in Barnet’s Children and Young People Plan, focuses on developing families’ resilience, which evidence tells us is pivotal to providing inclusive services that support all children and young people to be as independent as possible. Resilience based practice sits at the heart of improving outcomes for children and young people. The role that schools play in the day to day life of children and their families, particularly for children with SEND, provides a unique opportunity to promote and embed resilience.


Our aim is for all children with SEND to receive high quality, integrated and inclusive services through effective and timely decision-making across partner agencies and through listening and responding to the voices of children and young people, parents, families and professionals. We want services to be delivered locally and as inclusive and close to home as possible to ensure children and young people with SEND can benefit from the support and services within Barnet, their families and their local community. We want to support children and young people with SEND to progress, to be the best they can be and to achieve successful transitions from early years through into adulthood and independence.


Nationally, support for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) continues to undergo radical reform. The Children and Families Act 2014 extends the SEND system from birth to 25; replacing statements of special educational needs with a new birth-to-25 Education Health and Care plan (EHC); broadens the definition of SEND to include any disability including mental health; and offers personal budgets to those families with children affected by SEND. (The definition of SEND can be found in Appendix (i))


Working together, we,- local authority SEND services, headteachers, governors, special educational needs coordinators (SENCo’s), early years, social care, health partners, parents and carers and the voluntary sector - have already made significant progress in responding to the new legislative requirements for SEND services. 


The strategic priorities are as follows:

  • To ensure effective, timely and robust decision-making for children, young people and their families
  • To improve participation of, and co-production with, key partners, parents, families, children and young people in decision-making
  • To ensure effective joint commissioning and integration of services from early years through to adulthood
  • To champion the educational progress and attainment of pupils with SEND
  • To ensure sufficient and appropriate local and inclusive provision
  • To promote independence and prepare children and young people for adulthood