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SEND Reforms

From 1st September 2014, the way children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities are assessed and supported is changing.


All children and young people in Middlesbrough, including the most vulnerable, will benefit from a culture of high expectations so they can achieve the very best they can from their educational and social experiences to enable them to lead independent and fulfilling lives. They will be supported to unlock their full potential, in a safe and healthy environment, and they and their families will be at the heart of how services are shaped and delivered locally to meet their individual needs.


To help make this vision happen for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities, the Council and its partners aim to:

  • put the child or young person at the very centre of service development and improvement;
  • listen and respond to the views of children, young people and their families;
  • collaborate with other partners providing support for children and young people to shape and improve joined-up services that are swift, personal and effective;
  • narrow the achievement gap between the most vulnerable and the majority;
  • embed an inclusive culture in our early years settings, schools, colleges, local authority services, health organisations and voluntary groups that is based on integrity, equality, respect and ambition.
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