Services for children and young people in Northamptonshire (aged 0-25) with special educational needs and disabilities.

20:20 Vision for SEND in Northamptonshire

2020 vision posterThe 20:20 Vision for SEND in Northamptonshire was a series of events to gather information to co-produce with children, young people and their parents the priorities for improving outcomes for the future. 

SEND Strategy

The SEND strategy developed from the series of 20:20 events was approved by the Local Authority in November 2017:

The four main priorities are

  • To ensure that every child and young person with SEND makes excellent progress,
    through access to high quality provision;
  • To engage with children, young people and their families to promote early identification
    and support that meets need;
  • To develop smooth progression to adulthood for all young people with SEND;
  • To improve the quality and timeliness of multi-agency assessments and quality of
    plans for those who require specialist levels of support.

Active involvement in the action plan that will address each priority in depth is still needed. Please participate whenever you are invited to, or contact to find out how you can.

The 20:20 events

We looked to find out what, in your opinion, works well and what could be better.

Day one - 14 March 2017 

A scene setting day, with Lesley Hagger, Director for Children, Families and Education in Northamptonshire and Jane Friswell, ex-chair of NASEN and specialist SEN teacher.

The films of the 2020 events can still be viewed on the Local Offer YouTube channel. 

Lesley Hagger

Jane Friswell

Groups of parents, professionals and young people discussed three specific topics covering transition points, Inclusion, education for employment or training for life. We then summarised these debates into three points about 'what works well at the moment' and 'what would be better if'.

The following topics were covered:

Day two - 22 March 2017

The morning focussed on support for children from birth to 5 years.

The afternoon focussed on support for school age children aged 5 to 16 years.

The underlying themes for the afternoon were taken from over 100 facilitated surveys made during the autumn term with students attending mainstream schools. Northgate Arts College were asked to write and act plays that explored these themes.

The discussed topics were:

Day three - 30 March 2017

Preparing for adulthood - for young people over the age of 14 years old.

The discussed topics were:

A video summary of the events giving a view of the three days.

This was shown at the 'Continuing the Conversation' event held in July 2017.