Who we are 

The South East Region SEND network (self-named 'SE19' after our membership) is set up to support service development and provision for children and young people in line with the 2014 Children and Families Act.

We include all stakeholders: education, health, social care, parent carers and young people.

We operate through peer support as well as running regional events, workshops and training on topics which are identified throughour regional Steering Group, members of the network and national bodies. 

Governance is through the SE19 SEND Network Steering Group, chaired by Kevin McDaniel (DCS RB Windsor & Maidenhead). Membership is made up of representatives from Local Authority SEND Leads together with representation from National Network of Parent Carer Forums, Designated Clinical Officer and Principal Education Psychologist representation, with input from DfE SEND Advisers and NHS England (South East).

SE19 SEND Network Structure April 2021 - click on the image to enlarge or here to download.


Check out below for latest SEND news.

For more details please contact Tracey Maytas.

The SEND SE19 Network links closely with the SESLIP AD Education Network. To view the latest news and updates from the SESLIP AD Education Network, please see here


20 07 21: Announcement of the continuation of the extended powers given to the SEND Tribunal to hear appeals and make non-binding recommendations about health and social care aspects of Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans, provided those appeals also include education elements. Further details including LA expense claims can be found in the August 2021 Extended Powers SEND Tribunal newsletter.

16 06 2021: Amanda Spielman discusses the current challenges in the SEND system and the part Ofsted can play in driving improvementsHMCI commentary: putting children and young people with SEND at the heart of our recovery plans

DfE Improvement and Operations Division (SIOD). This new Unit has been set up to support and challenge local authorities in their SEND responsibilities. An updated (Oct 21) organogram of the national Unit can be found here and a table identifying local authority case leads here

Minister Ford's Open Letter 05 March 2021

SE19 Inspection Reports

SEND joint inspections have resumed from 14 June 2021

Inspection letters

The Government has published Local Area SEND inspection outcome letters for the following local authorities in the SE region:

Brighton and Hove; East Sussex; HampshireIsle of Wight; KentMedway; Milton KeynesOxfordshire; PortsmouthSouthampton; Surrey; West Berkshire; West SussexWindsor and MaidenheadWokingham; Reading (16/19).  Those awaiting their SEND inspection are Bracknell Forest; Buckinghamshire; Slough. (3/19). 

Inspection Revisits

The Government has published Local Area SEND Inspection Revisit outcomes for the following local authorities in the SE region:

Medway; OxfordshireSurrey; Windsor and Maidenhead; Wokingham.

We are pleased to report that both Surrey and Medway have been informed that their identified accelerated progress plans are now completed with no further action required against their Written Statement of Action.

A re-visit to Kent is awaited.

Ofsted and Care Quality Commission inspect local areas’ effectiveness in identifying and meeting the needs of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. 

Read more about these inspections in the inspection framework and handbook. There is also information about these inspections for families

SEND SE19 events & workstreams

Events 2021-2022. We are continuing to use an MS Team platform for current events and meetings. We will keep this under review as the year progresses.

Preparing for Adulthood Forum

9 February 2022

18 May 2022

Notes from previous Preparing for Adulthood Forums

Wednesday 3 November 2021

Wednesday 19 May 2021

24 February 2021

Upcoming SEND conversations

25 January 2022 (LAs only)

15 Februrary 2022 (LAs and Health)

22 March 2022 (LAs only)

Notes of previous SEND conversations

SE19 SEND Conversations 30 November 2021

SE19 SEND Conversations 22 September 2021

SE19 SEND Conversations 20 July 2021

SE19 SEND Conversations 23 June 2021

SE19 SEND Conversation 25 May 2021


Upcoming seminars and workshops 

Summary of events 2019-2020

Summary of events 2018-2019

Workstreams and links to web pages

SE19 Post 16/Preparing for Adulthood Working Group: A network of the LA post-16 leads and education providers working together to improved outcomes for children 16-25, supported by National Development Team for Inclusion.

SE19 DCO/DMO Forum: A network of all Designated Clinical Officers and Designated Medical Officers, supported by NHS England SE Region SEND Programme Leads. 

    Contact Details

    Data Benchmarking: Alastair Lee
    01273 481468
    S.E. Region SEND Network Co-ordinator: Tracey Maytas
    02392 437680