Adrain Williams, Interim Head of Education, has been working on a review of SEND in the London Borough of Sutton and has written a draft strategy document upon which we would like to hear your views. 


Sutton faces a number of significant challenges in the future for children and young people with SEND many of which relate to the financial sustainability of the existing system in the Borough. This is exacerbated by the fact that we have more pupils with EHC Plans than the national average, and more placed in non-maintained and independent schools, which means that our spending over head on SEND was highest in the country last year.


Whilst we all recognise the pressures on schools, parents and other stakeholders we must address these issues to ensure our arrangements are sustainable, and that we meet the needs of all children in the Borough.


The document is a draft strategy at this stage and written in a way that should provide a clear direction of travel. 


You can find the document and online consultation response form via the link below. Hard copies of the response form can be requested from The deadline for response is 29.11.17


I look forward to hearing your views and comments on the draft and to continuing discussions as this work evolves.






Sutton Neuro Disability Pathway 2017

We are working with the Clinical Commissioning Group to redesign the local pathway for ASD/ADHD

The first workshop for parent/carers to work with the professionals was held on 29th June, 2017


•The purpose of the workshop was to engage with all the stakeholders about the current neurodevelopmental pathway
•This is following a decision being made by SWL and St George’s NHS Trust to change the access criteria.
•A wide range of stakeholders including local Counsellors, local authority officers, voluntary sector,  parents and CCG representatives were in attendance
•The outcome of this work will feed into the SWL work
•The  first section of the workshop was listening to the views and experiences of the parents and carers
•The second part of the workshop was used to gain the views of the stakeholders, the outputs are contained in this presentation.
The second workshop for parent/carers to work with the professionals was held on 12th October, 2017
The agenda for this meeting was looking at a solution to the problems identified at the June meeting and looking at an ideal pathway for the 4 areas of prediagnosis, diagnosis, post diagnosis and transition.  You can read the notes here
Presentation to Childrens Trust Board on Local CAMHS Transformation Plan can be downloaded here



Childcare Sufficiency Assessment 2017 – CSA


From September 2017, 3 and 4 year olds will be eligible for up to 30 hours worth of free childcare.

The London Borough of Sutton would like your feedback on how families with children with additional needs and/or disabilities will be able to access this.


Please download the questions here and send your responses to

Current Consultations

We are currently working with Sutton Council, based on your feedback, to design exclusive use playgrounds at The Grange and Tweeddale Childrens Centre

24.6.21 SEND Review - the government are currently undertaking a review of the SEND system and there will a 12 week consultation on this soon. Last week, Jane Knowles attended the London Strategic Managers and Parent Carer Network in her role as a South London rep for the National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF). The NNPCF will send in a response to the consultation but we will also be arranging a meeting for parent carers to share their views so that we can submit a Sutton Parent Carer Forum response to the green paper. We will update you as soon as this is released. Here are the slides from the meeting which are an update on the review by Dame Christine Lenahan.