SE7 News

What's happening within SE7 Pathfinder?  Updates and news will be posted here regularly.

Implementing a new 0-25 special educational needs and disabilities system

posted Apr 20, 2014, 3:27 AM by Debs Aspland

On 13 March the Children and Families Act (2014) received Royal Assent. It will reform the systems for adoption, looked after children, family justice and special educational needs.


On 8 April, Edward Timpson (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families) and Dr Dan Poulter (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Health) wrote to local authority and health leaders with further information on transition arrangements in relation to the reforms. The letter has been sent to Chief Executives of local authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups, chairs of Health and Wellbeing Boards and lead members. The letter requests they give personal attention to ensuring that the new SEND system is implemented in a way that will deliver maximum benefits for children and young people with SEND. An updated implementation pack accompanies the letter, which outlines the vision for the reforms and contains useful information for strategic leaders.


The Minister for Children and Families is also writing to schools, parents and FE colleges about the reforms.

East Sussex - updates

posted Feb 17, 2014, 3:51 AM by Debs Aspland

If you wish to stay informed about what is happening in East Sussex during the Pathfinder, then they have a dedicated section of their website for you.

Go to East Sussex - SEN Reforms to find out more

SE7 - Children & Young People

posted Feb 5, 2014, 9:14 AM by Debs Aspland

SE7 Children and Young People Advisory Group sharing their views on participation

This video is unlisted and should not be shared, please refer people wishing to see the video to our site.  

Parental Journeys

posted Dec 12, 2013, 4:42 AM by Debs Aspland   [ updated Dec 12, 2013, 4:42 AM ]

Hampshire Parent Voice and Hampshire Parent Carer Network have produced a research report on "Parental Journeys".  Parents felt that the research would provide a good basis on which to develop the Local Offer as it would provide a cross-functional view of the provision of information.  It would also provide a baseline to measure the effectiveness of the Local Offer in the future.

The main aim of the research is to understand how parents have been able to find information at different stages of their child's development (e.g. diagnosis, starting school and transition), what works well and what information is particularly hard to find.  The research also aims to understand the emotional impact information can have on a family and whether good quality, timely and accurate information can help.

The report can be found in our SE7 documents library under Local Offer. 

SEN Code of Practice - feedback

posted Dec 12, 2013, 4:23 AM by Debs Aspland   [ updated Dec 12, 2013, 4:23 AM ]

On the 25th November, 24 Local Authorities (SE7 Pathfinder authorities and 17 non pathfinder authorities) came together at a workshop to use discussion groups to produce feedback on the Draft SEN Code of Practice.

135 staff and parent carers from across Education, Health and Social Care, Pathfinder Support Partners and Voluntary Community Services looked at each Chapter within the Code.

As a result of this workshop, all views were collated in the attached response.  We did not aim to achieve a consensus of views and therefore all feedback was included.  This document was submitted to the DfE as a contribution to the consultation.

The full report can be read here and found in our SE7 Documents library

The role of the Assessment & Planning Co-ordinator

posted Nov 27, 2013, 2:54 AM by Debs Aspland   [ updated Nov 27, 2013, 2:55 AM ]

SE7 have a new publication out for parents and practitioners explaining the role of the Assessment and Planning Co-ordinator

This can be found in SE7 documents and SE7 publications

SE7 October Factsheet

posted Nov 12, 2013, 1:21 AM by Debs Aspland   [ updated Nov 12, 2013, 1:21 AM ]

SE7 produce a monthly fact sheet on the Pathfinders.

You can find them on our SE7 Factsheet page

Ask the Minister

posted Nov 4, 2013, 2:01 AM by Debs Aspland



Relaunch of our Ask the Minister section

Back by popular demand - the chance for you to pose a question on SEN and disability policy to Minister Edward Timpson.


Would you like to ask the Minister a question about the Children and Families Bill? Or about another area of policy that impacts on the families and young people you work with?

If you have something you'd like to ask, please send through your question to by 5pm on Tuesday 5th November.

The answers to these questions will be printed in the December issue of our Digest.

You can see an example of the Ask the Minister section in the May 2012 edition of the CDC Digest.

Please note that CDC do not guarantee a response to all queries. Questions will be collated by CDC and may be adapted to incorporate similar questions.

SE7 Pathfinder Fact Sheets

posted Sep 23, 2013, 12:29 AM by Debs Aspland   [ updated Sep 23, 2013, 12:30 AM ]

Each month, the SE7 Pathfinder produces a fact sheet on the progress of the Pathfinder

These can be found here

SEND PAthfinder Information Packs

posted Sep 23, 2013, 12:27 AM by Debs Aspland   [ updated Sep 23, 2013, 12:27 AM ]

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