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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Page last updated: 08/03/2024

​​​Local Area SEND Strategy: My Life, My Rights 2022 to 2027

The Essex SEND strategy sets out the county's ambition for a SEND system which is inclusive, equitable and ambitious. The strategy can be found here.


The local authority SEND teams, provide advice, guidance and training to schools, early years settings and colleges, about the provision of high-quality support for all children and young people as well as manage the statutory SEND processes across Essex. 

SEND Continuous Improvement Work

Following the local area SEND inspection by Ofsted and CQC in 2019, and the subsequent revisit in 2022, we have been working with families, professionals and partners to determine how we can continue our improvement. You can read about progress in the latest SEND Improvement Interactive Guide.

Resources and Guidance

If you cannot find what you need, please email SEND Strategy on

Essex Local Offer

The Essex Local Offer website provides information about help available to children and young people (aged 0 to 25) with SEND. This includes:

  • support, groups and activities

  • help with learning

  • advice for young people

  • health and wellbeing

  • housing and employment

  • financial support

Please share the website with all parents, carers and families that you support. Download and print a copy of the Local Offer leaflet​ for families.

Essex Local Offer Newsletter

The Essex Local Offer Newsletter is for Essex families who have children with SEND. The monthly newsletter brings together relevant information and news from education, health and social care. It tells families about any new support, activities and things to do. 

Please share the newsletter sign up page with the families you support. ​

Multi-Schools Council

The voice of children and young people must be central to all work. The MultiSchools Council runs termly meetings across the whole of Essex for children and young people to share their thoughts, views and opinions. If you would like to find out more or become a member (it's free!), contact Kierran Pearce on

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. ​

​​​Please note that while every effort is made to keep these cluster lists up to date, staff changes impact the lists frequently. Please contact the Inclusion Partner (IP) or SEND Quadrant Manager if any email is returned undelivered.