The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Service has the statutory duties to identify and assess the special educational needs (SEN) of children and young people for whom they are responsible.

The SEND service becomes responsible for a child/young person in Slough when the service become aware that the child/young person has or may have SEN. The SEND service must then ensure that those children and young people receive a level of support which will help them achieve the best possible educational and other outcomes.

As part of this service, the SEND team are responsible for securing provision for those children/young people with SEND from 0-25. This includes initiating the statutory assessment of Request for Education Health and Care Needs Assessment and the conversion of Statements of Special Educational Needs to Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs).

There have been some key developments since the SEND reforms in 2014 which include:

  • Extending the statutory age range of those with SEND in education to 0-25
  • Including children, young people and parents in decision making
  • a stronger focus on high aspirations and improving outcome for children and young people
  • Joint planning and commissioning of services to ensure close co-operation between education, health services and social care

SEND Reforms 2014 

From 1 September 2014, the Children and Families Act 2014 introduced changes to the legislation affecting how children and young people’s special educational needs were met. There are new requirements for education, health and social care services to work more closely together.

The former system of issuing statements of special educational needs for children with complex or severe needs has been replaced by a new assessment process which will lead (for some children) to an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP). EHCPs can be issued between the ages of 0-25. An EHCP is a legal document which will have similar statutory power to a statement of special educational needs, but it will also describe a child or young person’s health and care needs where these are significant.

At school, most children will make progress with the support of their class teacher through the school’s arrangements known as SEN School Support. All schools and academies are required to make arrangements to support children with additional needs. As of September 2014, every school has to publish a SEN Information Report, which details the school’s arrangements for identifying, assessing and making provision for pupils with SEN. It must also include information about the arrangements for the admission of disabled pupils, facilities provided to assist access and the schools accessibility plan. This should be updated annually. 

For the small number of children with complex/severe needs who do not make enough progress despite intervention from the school, it may be necessary for a Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment of the child’s special educational needs to be undertaken by the Statutory Assessment Service.​

Four categories of SEND

The definition of SEND provision is educational or training provision that is additional to or different from that made generally for others of the same age, i.e provision that goes beyond differentiated approaches and learning arrangements normally provided as part of high-quality, personalised teaching.

There are four broad areas of need outlined in the Code of Practice 2015, which is based on Part 3 of The Children and Families Act 2014. 

The broad areas of need are:

1 – Communication and interaction

2 – Cognition and Learning

3 – Social, emotional and mental health

4 – Physical and/or physical needs

The Role of SEND Panel

The role of SEND panel is to discuss:

  • EHC Assessments/Conversion to EHCP at statutory deadline points (6,14, or 20 week)
  • Requests for additional hours / change of placement/provision
  • Pupils at risk of exclusion / out of school
  • Other Slough requests
  • Out of Authority requests


Chair of Panel (Head of SEND/ SEND Manager/ SEND Senior Officer)
Early Years SENCo
Education Standards and Effectiveness Officer (ESEO) SEND
Primary representative
Secondary representative
Social Care representative

Observers from schools are also welcome

Please contact the SEND team if you would like to observe a SEND panel -

SEND Panel Process

SEN Officer puts case together for SEND Team Business Support Officer:
1 - Information to be sent by schools : 5pm Tuesday (1 week before the date of panel)
2 -  Agenda created  and collated case files sent to all attendees: Wednesday
3 - SEND Panel Meets - Tuesday 09:30
4 - SEND Officers contact schools and parents – decisions letters - Wednesday