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SEND Strategic Board

The SEND Strategic Board works with different agencies and families to ensure that children in Plymouth with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) receive the necessary support.

The board who meets six times a year, has representatives from Plymouth Parent Carer Voice and Youth Ascends, as well as agencies across education, health, social care, voluntary and community sector, early years and post 16 providers.

We want to:

  • deliver the best education for all our children and young people
  • prepare our young people for independence (adulthood)
  • ensure our children and young people experience the best possible health and wellbeing.

Read more about the terms of reference, membership and roles

The following two documents explain our priority areas and have been developed by the SEND Strategic Board.

Our vision for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in Plymouth

Our vision is clear and focused:

We have a duty to help our children and young people to have a Bright Future. Our vision is that children and young people in Plymouth grow up healthy and happy, safe and able to aspire and achieve; living in resilient families and communities, able to take advantage of a broad range of opportunities. Our aim is that no Plymouth child should find that their life chances are defined or limited by the circumstances of their birth or early childhood experiences. If problems emerge we will step in and seek to work effectively alongside families to improve outcomes.

We need to do this better and faster, across our local authority, schools, and health providers, community sector and statutory services, to ensure that we shift resource and focus to be able to benefit more of our children, more of the time focusing on prevention and earlier identification of need. Over time we want to be able to reduce the need for intensive crisis management for a minority. We are aspirational about tackling the corrosive root causes and impact of deprivation.

Read our SEND Strategy (PDF) [1MB]  to learn more about our vision.

SEND Matters bulletins

Strategy Board meeting minutes









Plymouth's Local Offer is organised into four main categories covering the following age ranges:

 Plymouth Local Offer homepage



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