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Essex Family Forum would like to invite you to have your voice heard! we are hosting workshops in 12 of the districts of Essex,  along with 4 larger evening sessions in main locations. You can Book your place & see the full list of venues & dates at

At these workshops we will be asking you to tell us what’s happening now, what’s working, and what’s not. We would love to hear what you have to say! This will be followed by the opportunity to draw a line in the sand, take stock and think about how you would like to see SEND services develop moving forward. We would like you to share your vision for SEND under two main headings;

  • Developing School led SEND
  • Growing the Specialist SEND Provision in Essex.

(Full details of what these headings mean, can be found in the document Developing a strategy for SEND in Essex )

From small changes and bright ideas to big innovations, we want to hear them all! As parents/carers you have knowledge and insight that makes you experts because of your lived experiences. Your input at these events will be anonymous and fed back forming part of the public engagement that will influence the strategy for SEND in Essex. Take this opportunity to get involved, have your say and together we will make a difference…we look forward to seeing you there!

For more information please see the links provided:

The Full document Developing a strategy for SEND in Essex was published by ECC in March 2019.

 The SEND Strategy in Essex 2019 -2024 provides you with details of SEND public engagement

More information & how to get involved can be found here on the Local Offer.

You are also invited to take part in an Online survey as part of the ongoing public engagement.


If you have any queries or wish to talk about the needs of your child please contact:


Mrs S Gibbs

Inclusion Manager and SENCo


Telephone No:     01376 513418


Useful links.

Do you have any concerns about the mental health or well-being of your child?  Or if your child seems anxious or worried?  These websites are really useful as sources of information and support, not only for parents, but also for older children to access if and when they want advice.  I would be really interested to hear if you choose to use them and found them useful.


A colleague from another school has also recommended the following to me;

an app called Head space for helping to reduce anxiety and promote feelings of calm and well being.  Down load the app for a trial period or log on to to find out more.

Meditation and Mindfulness Made Simple - Headspace
Live a happier, healthier life with just a few minutes of meditation a day on the Headspace app.


Also if you are concerned that your child may at risk of behavioural problems please visit the ministry of parenting at, they have recently run two successful Incredible Years' courses at our school and feedback from parents has been very positive.


Finally there is always lots information, advice and support available from the Essex local offer at, if you haven't taken a look yet, please do take some time to check it out.