1:09 am, Friday, 26th January 2024

UPDATE: New feedback session added. SENDAP, Joint Commissioning and SENDAP Sufficiency Strategies Consultation

An additional online session to discuss and feedback on the strategies has been added; Monday 29 January from 6-7pm. To book your place please contact SENDTraining@nelincs.gov.uk.

Following both the launch of the new Local Area SEND Inspection framework in November 2022 and the SENDAP green Paper in March 2023, Officers across education, health and care have worked with families, providers, and a range of different teams and professionals to compose the first drafts of three key strategies for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in North East Lincolnshire.

The strategies are:

  • Draft Joint Commissioning Strategy 
  • Draft Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Alternative Provision (SENDAP) Strategy                        
  • Draft SENDAP Sufficiency Strategy  

Please open and read each of the draft documents before taking part in the consultations.

Draft Joint Commissioning Strategy (PDF, 778KB) 

Draft SENDAP Strategy (PDF, 1MB) 

Draft SENDAP Sufficiency Strategy (PDF, 544KB) 

Have your say on each strategy

Joint Commissioning Strategy Consultation

SENDAP Strategy Consultation

SENDAP Sufficiency Consultation

There is also a separate ‘data needs analysis document’ draft that is being finalised. It will be linked to the final strategies.  

You are also welcome to attend one of our consultation feedback teams sessions to hear about and discuss the draft strategies and give your input to shape final documents.


  • Monday 8 January 2023 from 9-10am
  • Monday 15 January 2024 from 2-3pm
  • Tuesday 23 January 2024 from 6-7pm

The sessions are repeated, please confirm which one you’d like to attend by contacting SEND Training SENDTraining@nelincs.gov.uk

Consultations will close on 30 January 2024.

With a significant focus on getting children with SEND, and their families, the right support at the right time we hope that these strategies identify where our priorities are across the borough to further strengthen this offer.

Officers who have led on the drafting of the strategies have worked tirelessly to include a range of voices and feedback that has been gathered since September 2022.

The Delivering Better Value in SEND engagement surveys, events, and workshops along with the launch of the NEL Parent Carer forum have both provided a huge amount of insight data, that has helped to shape the five key priorities, and the content of what the borough needs to focus on over the next five years to make things even better for our children and their families.

We are keen to hear your feedback to be able to complete the final documents, which will then provide a clear direction of travel over the next five years.

The strategies and consultation can also be found on North East Lincolnshire Council’s ‘Have your say page’. Have your say | NELC (nelincs.gov.uk)

Councillor Margaret Cracknell, Portfolio Holder for Children and Education said:

“We have a responsibility to listen to the experience of children and young people with SEND and their families in North East Lincolnshire.

Their involvement with these strategies is imperative and central to our work. This allows us to deliver the best outcomes for them.”

Rebecca Taylor, Head of SEND and Inclusion at North East Lincolnshire Council said: “We really encourage people to read our strategies and respond to the consultations.

“There has already been an extensive amount of work with those at the centre of the work to develop the content of these strategies.

“The strategies give us a clear framework and shared direction going forward to it’s really important that people read them and give us their views.”

This article was originally published on North East Lincolnshire Council’s News Page.

SENDAP, Joint Commissioning and SENDAP Sufficiency Strategies Consultation | NELC (nelincs.gov.uk)