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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Page last updated: 02/07/2021

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Special Educational Needs (SEN) services give advice, guidance and training to schools about the provision of quality support for all children.  

The SEN area provides information on the following services:

Other Information

Education, Early Years and SEND Clusters

​As part of the organisational redesign of delivery of SEND Services within ECC, early years, school and college settings across the county have been organised in to clusters.  This has been based on existing localities, clusters and Trusts.  Cluster groupings and allocated ECC staffing were shared with settings during December 2019 and are now published here for wider reference, in order to assist families and those organisations outside of ECC.    

Most services are accessed and provided through our educational settings and therefore families should, in the first instance, contact the SENCo or SEN Lead within their child's setting.  

In the event of it not being clear who should be contacted within allocated ECC staffing, it is suggested that the Inclusion Partner should be e-mailed initially.  Inclusion Partners will be well-placed to signpost to other colleagues as needed. ​

Essex Inclusion Statement

The Essex Inclusion Statement​ was developed by the Essex SEND Headteacher Roundtable and reflects the partnership working between school leaders and the Local Authority in developing a school-led approach to SEND across the system. 


​General SEND news updates can also be found on the Essex Local Offer website​ and Facebook page.​​​

SEND Training Offer

In Essex, every school, FE college and early years setting has a ‘link’ Inclusion Partner (IP) and ‘link’ Educational Psychologist (EP) from whom they can access advice, guidance and support on issues relating to SEND. 

It is advised that before exploring the training pages, staff should discuss their training needs with their IP and/or EP who can support them in identifying the right training to meet your needs. 

If you have already done this, or if you would prefer simply to explore the trainig offer, please select the type of training you are interested in from the categories below:​

  • Accredited SENCO Courses​ - courses that bestow accredited qualifications, including those that are mandatory for new-to-role SENCOs (e.g. National Award for SEN Coordination)
  • Introductory Courses​ - courses focusing on general SEND topics and SEND processes as they work in Essex
  • Specific areas of need​ - develop knowledge and practice on a specific area of need (e.g. Autism)
  • Targeted Interventions​ - evidence-based intervention packages
  • Bespoke Training​ - bespoke training to build on core packages or for specific, low incidence needs

Essex Accessibility Strategy

The Essex Accessibility Strategy for Schools 2019-2022 is now available. Please note that the introduction of Equality Act 2010 means that some references in this Strategy are no longer current but the requirements remain legal. Headteachers and school Governing Bodies should refer to the Equality Act guidance for schools shown below.