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Hertfordshire Send Local Offer


Our strategy aims to improve the lives of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in education by:

  • ensuring quality and effectiveness of our services
  • making the best use of resources
  • engaging with parents
  • working with professionals.

Read the full special educational needs or disabilities strategy: 2018 - 2023.

There are 10 areas we're focusing on:

Autism workstream

  • Developing an autism strategy and make clear what services are available.
  • Delivering high quality services to help children and young people with autism.

Read our Autism strategy brief and progress report.

Behaviour and alternative provision workstream

  • Assessing the strategy for Behaviour and Alternative Provision in Hertfordshire.
  • Reviewing provision and make changes to ensure local services meet the needs of children and young people.
  • Roll out a consistent behaviour management approach to schools, early years settings, colleges and families.
  • Ensuring good provision is in place to support children and young people with the most significant and complex behavioural needs.

Read our Behaviour and alternative provision strategy brief and progress report.

Delivering Special Provision Locally workstream

  • Ensuring there is greater local involvement in implementing the SEND strategy.

Read our Delivering Special Provision Locally strategy brief and progress report.

Educational Psychology workstream

  • Reviewing and recommending any changes to the service
  • Ensure the service makes the most of resources

Read our Educational Psychology services strategy brief and progress report.

Exceptional Needs Funding workstream

  • Assessing how we meet the needs of children with the most complex and exceptional needs in schools
  • Seeing whether the process is fit for purpose and making recommendations for change

Read our Exceptional Needs Funding strategy brief and progress report.

Read the Independent Review full report about the exceptional needs funding strategy. Or you can take a look at the Independent review summary.

Quality SEND Offer workstream

  • What we expect from all schools, early years settings and colleges in supporting children and young people.
  • Developing and implementing a way to evaluate SEND providers across the county.

Read our Quality SEND Offer strategy brief and progress report.

Sensory and physical needs workstream

  • Reviewing services meeting sensory and physical needs and implement changes needed.
  • Ensuring resources are used appropriately and are value for money.

Read our sensory and physical needs strategy brief and progress report.

See our full accessibility strategy about including all pupils in education.

Special schools workstream

  • Evaluating outreach from special schools and making any necessary recommendations for changes.
  • Identifying how special schools can improve mainstream schools taking children with SEND.
  • Ensuring available resources are used effectively, efficiently and creatively across schools and other services.
  • Reviewing areas of over and under-use in special schools to ensure needs can be met.
  • Read our Special schools strategy brief and progress report.

Specific learning difficulties workstream

Speech, language and communication workstream

  • Reviewing the use of resources for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs, making recommendations for change to ensure their needs are met.
  • Assessing the help mainstream schools and services get from specialist provision and special schools.
  • Reviewing how we arrange speech and language therapy and the funding  allocated for this.
  • Read our Speech, language and communication strategy brief and progress report.


You can also read our latest progress report on the full strategy.