The Education Committee launches inquiry into support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

 In 2014, the Government introduced wide-reaching changes to the SEND system, with the intention of offering simpler, improved and consistent help for children and young people with SEND. The Committee’s new inquiry is intended to review the success of these reforms, how they have been implemented, and what impact they are having in meeting the challenges faced by children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

  • For more information and to submit your views click HERE

 The POET survey - launched at Linden Bridge School

Councillor Clare Curran, (Cabinet Member for Children), attended the launch of the POET survey, held at Linden Bridge School yesterday.

As part of the council’s cycle of performance improvement and evaluation, it is taking part in the ‘Personal Outcomes Evaluation Tool’ (POET) survey. The survey looks at the impact that Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) are having on children, young people and their families in Surrey. Children and young people who have an EHCP, a parent, carer or a practitioner working with a child or young person who has an EHCP, are asked to complete a short questionnaire. Results from the survey will be used to shape and inform the service that surrey provides for its children, young people and their families

For further details, including a short animated clip that explains the importance of completing the survey, visit For any queries, please email: The survey will run until the end of term and reports on the results will be published by ‘In Control’ in the autumn. 


Two new courses fro the Surrey Supported Learning Team.

The Surrey Supported Learning Team have announced two new courses starting during the summer term.

Using an iPad.

Friday 10:00-12:00

Duration 10 weeks.

Develop ICT Skills.

 Friday 13:00-15:00

Duration 10 weeks.

They are also holding an Open Day on 23rd June at their Woking Centre where you can find out more about their 2018/19 courses, meet the tutors and try out learning activities.



IPSEA have just relesed dates for their "Foundation SEND Law Training days for parents and carers.

The training is tailored specifically for parents and carers, providing information on the law and empowering parents to use the law to get the right education for their child with SEND. There are courses in London on the  27th of March and Horsham on the 20th of April among others.

See the flyer HERE



Vison England (RNIB) in conjunction with the Field Studies Council  have launched a new residential program for 14-

17 year olds.

The program will run over three residentials during the school holidays and will cost £25

Click here to see the Information sheet.

The Surrey events are listed in our events section. Where you can access flyers and application forms.

Other dates and venues are available.


Information Advice and Support Services Network (IASSN): Children and Young Peoples Website Launch

The Information, Advice and Support Services Network (IASSN) have developed a new website aimed specifically at children and young people:

Recent SEND reforms mean that disabled children and young people and those with SEN have a right to receive direct and impartial information, advice and support (IAS) on matters relating to their SEN/Disability. IAS should be provided to CYP covering education, health and social care.

This website aims to help children and young people better understand what rights they have for accessing information, advice and support. The website also contains full contact details for all IAS Services across England.

The DfE have published research on Funding people with special educational needs

The Department for Education have just published the research report "Research on funding for young people with special educational needs" it runs to 170 pages but could be an interesting read. See it here: