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 is a series of events which gather information to co-produce with children, young people and their parents the priorities for improving outcomes for the future. 

  • Are you a young person with Special Educational Needs or disabilities?
  • Are you a parent or carer of a child or young person with Special Educational Needs or disabilities?
  • Do you work with children or young people with Special Educational Needs or disabilities?

Help create the vision, agree the strategy and action plan for Northamptonshire County Council and partners from 2017. Get involved and have your say on matters affecting you.

If you were unable to get to the events you can still participate and see what happened

Themed feedback from the events

Following the success of recent 20:20 events, we have now analysed the feedback from the four events and grouped this into themes for further discussion. This survey will close on 9 May 2017:

This is a unique local area consultation opportunity designed to facilitate discussions groups across all ages. It allows you to influence the services for SEND and will focus on education, health and care priorities.

We are looking to find out what, in your opinion, works well and what would be better if.

If you want to send up to 3 comments on any of the topics discussed, please email the Local Offer on

20:20 Vision Day 1Day 1: 14 March 2017 

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

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 3 points about "what works well at the moment" and "what would be better if."

You can use this template to send us in your comments about any of the workshops:

The following topics were covered:

Watch Fran tell the conference about her experience at school


Day 2: 22 March 2017

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

Watch Helen Adams introduce the morning activities 


A dad with a son under the age of five talked to the conference about his family's experiences so far of SEND support.

Watch Alex describe what has happened and what helped and what could be better



The five workshops were based on fictional case studies that are listed below. If you would like to comment on any of the case studies about what works and what could be better, please use the worksheet template (Word 58KB) and return via:

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

Alison Shipley, Assistant Director for vulnerable learners introduced the afternoon of Day Two.

Watch Alison's talk to the conference



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.

These plays have been professionally recorded and will be uploaded as soon as the editing is complete to watch on line. The students will use these as evidence for their B-tech studies.

The themes that were discussed were:

  • Added pressure - getting ready in the morning
  • Intervention - what students have to say about extra support in school
  • Voice - a perspective of short breaks from the young person's point of view

Please use the templates (word 789KB) to send us any comments about what you think is working well and what could be better if...

Day 3: 30 March 2017

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

The first workshop discussed employment and education for employment. The introduction was given by Canton and EADS (an Olympus service). Young people from Canto and The Beehive were involved in presenting the event.

The second workshop was presented by Lizzie, a 20 year old who is now living independently with support.

The Beehive drama group introduced the third workshop about friends, relationships, sexuality and living in the community. This was professionally filmed and will be uploaded as soon editing has been completed.

The fourth workshop was introduced by the Community Learning Disabilty Nurses. They talked about being healthy and how to ask for the right advice which includes a short video at the end about accessing the Accident and Emergency department.

You can also watch the nurses talk to the conference


Please use the templates (Word 789 KB)  to send us your feedback on any of these topics and send to . We look forward to hearing from you.

Local Offer survey

Please complete the Local Offer survey and give us your feedback. 

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