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SEND Developments

Welcome to the SEND Development page where you will find latest news and updates about SEND in Thurrock.

The SEND Quality Assurance Framework provides a structure that enables all partners to engage with the process of quality assurance.  Measuring the impact of service delivery against a set of QA standards and proactively seeking the views and feedback from service users is important.  Quality assurance is crucial to achieving improved outcomes for children and young people.  The QA Framework can be viewed here: 

Quality Assurance and Learning Framework - June 2021

School Effectiveness & SEND – July 2021

SEND Quality Assurance - August 2021 

SEND Tribunals - September 2021

SEND Monitoring and Support - October 2021

SEND Specialist Provision Service - November 2021

SEND Specialist Provision Service - December 2021

The government’s national strategy for improving the lives of autistic people and their families and carers in England, and implementation plan for 2021 to 2022 is available here:

National strategy for autistic children, young people and adults: 2021 to 2026 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

The government has launched its new National Disability Strategy, which outlines its plans to make our country better for the 14 million disabled children and adults in the UK.  This ambitious strategy sets out 100 immediate commitments supported by £1.6bn of funding alongside an ambitious agenda for future reform. 

New National Disability Strategy launches - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


The Education & Skills Service in partnership with Health & Social Care are working to ensure that we have clear communication channels around special education needs in the borough. Our six key priorities will enable us to develop key messages and ensure that our Local Offer is seen as the first point of reference for families who have a child/young person with additional needs.

Our commitment to ongoing evaluation and review has led to the identification of the six key priority areas. However as with any working document this will be reviewed and monitored on a yearly basis to ensure that they remain the key strategic priorities of our communication and engagement work.

Putting families first is the key strand of our work and these priorities have been shared with children, young people and parents and carers to ensure that they are placed at the centre of our work.

Working with our youth team we have developed a pupil/student communication & engagement strategy which forms an appendix to this overarching document. This work has been co-produced by young people for young people.

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