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The SEND and Alternation Provision Improvement Plan

The Government has now published the response to the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Alternative Provision (AP) green paper consultation – the SEND and Alternative Provision Improvement Plan.

Find out how the Government plan to reform the SEND and AP system.

Read the SEND review

Inclusion Matters Newsletters
Newham Parents Forum Newsletters
Newham’s WSoA

Newham’s Written Statement of Action (WSoA) in response to the Ofsted and Care Quality Commission has been approved as fit for purpose by both organisations. Area Partnership.

A robust plan of action set out in the WSoA, to improve services for children and young people with special needs and disabilities (SEND), was submitted to Ofsted and the CQC last month. The wide-reaching plan led by the Local Area Partnership (made up of Newham Council, health partners, schools/education settings and Newham Parents Forum) has been developed with the support of young people, along with their parents and carers.

Independent facilitation from SEND4CHANGE has supported the development of the WSoA through focused workshops with partners, parents and feedback from young people. It sets out how the partnership plans to make improvements against the six priority areas identified in the final inspection report. The council and North East London Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are committed to doing this in partnership and collaboration with educational settings, other agencies, young people, parents and carers. The plan will be delivered alongside the coming SEND and Inclusion Strategy, which will be launched early in the new year. The development of this strategy will be informed by the WSoA consultation process, and ongoing consultation with partners and parents and carers and the findings from the independently chaired Newham SEND Commission, which launched in May 2021.

Newham Written Statement of Action - June 2022 Document

Newham Family Challenge - Parents contribution to Newham’s Written Statement of Action (WSoA)

Following the joint area inspection by the CQC and Ofsted, Newham is required to produce a Written Statement of Action (WSoA) by the 21st June 2022. The WSoA will outline the planned actions to improve the six areas of weakness identified in the Ofsted/CQC inspection report.

Newham parents and carers have worked with independent facilitators, SEND4Change to produce the ‘Newham Family Challenge’.

The Newham Family Challenge outlines the actions that parents/families demand from local area partnerships alongside ideas and suggestions for how improvements can be made, this document can be found below.

Parents provided further feedback on the document between the until the 24th May to the 6th of June following the workshops. The final document is attached below.  

Newham Parent Challenge Final 14.06.22

As part of the co-production process of the WSoA, SEND4CHANGE also met with a range of young people in schools and colleges. The feedback of young people is also included below.

If you have any feedback on this document please contact SEND4Change by emailing or by 5pm on Monday 6th June.

Newham Family Challenge Document

Inteviews with young people Newham

Young people voices

SEND Inspection 2021
Your Time

HeadStart and School Health are working collaboratively to deliver Your Time to support young people aged 5-18 (up to 25 for young people with SEND).

Your Time provides a young person with a safe and confidential space to connect with one of our friendly and experienced team to help them:

  • Understand their thoughts and feelings
  • Find ways that help them feel in control in the aspects of life that may be finding difficult
  • Work together on a plan that supports them to make resilient moves
  • Connect them with other young people and community activities

Your time offers: 12 weekly, 1 hour sessions

If you know a young person who may benefit from Your Time, please contact us by:

Email or

Online self-referral:

SEND - Have Your Say Day

As part of the SEND improvement board the SEND commission in collaboration with the Youth Empowerment Participation Team hosted a SEND Have Your Say Day on Friday 4th June at the new Stratford Youth Zone. This is part of a series of events to consult SEND young people on the services they have been provided. This included Education, Employment, COVID effects, care and support, leisure, independence, and how young people would like to be communicated with. Young people got to take part in a fun filled day with activities based around these topics, they also got to meet other young people, hear their views and make new connections with the youth service.

if you would like to hear about future events please contact


Last updated: 21/03/2024

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