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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Team

Children with SEND have learning difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for them to progress in schools than most children of the same age. For further information about SEND follow this link

The SEND team delivers on behalf of the council all its statutory duties with respect special educational needs.

As a part of this duty the team ensures that those children and young people with the highest level of need receive the support they need to make their best possible progress, both academically and developmentally. We aim to do this in a flexible way which meets their individual needs.

Children and Young People with SEND in Lambeth should enjoy a happy and healthy childhood, be socially included and grow up to achieve their full potential as adults.

Lambeth SEND Policy downloadable link

Who to talk to if your child has SEND

If you think your child may have SEND, contact the person in your child’s setting, school or nursery responsible for special educational needs. The school’s website will tell you who to talk to if you do not already have that information. This person is usually called the ‘SEND coordinator’ or ‘SENCO’. You can find information about how to contact the SENCO on your school’s website. You can also talk to your GP.

You can also contact the Lambeth parents Information Advice and Support Service for impartial advice about special educational needs.

For a very small number of children with significant needs a statutory assessment may be carried out, which may lead to an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). Find out more about these plans follow this link

Assessment and Placement Team

This team is responsible for overseeing the statutory assessments of children and young people with SEND. The team request and collates information required for the statutory assessment of pupils with SEND to ensure the LA completes statutory assessments in line with statutory guidelines.

This team should be contacted about:

  • Information on the Statutory Assessment / EHC Plan process
  • How a case is progressing
  • SEND Panel decisions in relation to statutory assessment and EHC Plans.

To contact someone in the SEND Team please ring one of the administrators who will be able to identify who you need to speak to and transfer your call SEND Administrative Support Officer Tel: 020 7926 9460 or 0207 926 7754, Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Statement Management and Monitoring Team Early Years to Year 8

This team manages statements of SEN or EHCP’s for children and young people in education from early years to Year 8. This encompasses, changes to statemented / EHCP provisions, admissions and placements and all transitions within these phases in line with the set statutory guidelines.

This team provides LA representation at annual and transitional review meetings for pupils with statements / EHC Plans. The team provides a key role in monitoring the appropriate use of the LA's resources by schools as well as giving advice on annual and transitional review arrangements.

This team should be contacted about

  • Details of provision in the final statement
  • Any change in the circumstances or details regarding a child with a Statement of Special Educational Needs
  • Information about secondary transfers.
  • Attendance at annual reviews
  • The outcome of annual reviews
  • The use of statement resources
  • Transitional planning.

To contact someone in the SEND Team please ring one of the administrators who will be able to identify who you need to speak to and transfer your call SEND Administrative Support Officer Tel: 020 7926 9460 or 0207 926 7754, Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Statement Management and Monitoring Year 9 to Age 25 years

This team supports young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities aged 14 – 25 years. This team should be contacted about:

  • Support for young people to obtain appropriate employment, training and /or education
  • Post 16 specialist college applications
  • General further education college placements, management and reviews
  • Information on arrangements at 14 plus and 16 plus 18 plus transitions.

To contact someone in the SEND Team please ring one of the administrators who will be able to identify who you need to speak to and transfer your call SEND Administrative Support Officer Tel: 020 7926 9460 or 0207 926 7754, Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Home School Transport

This team are responsible for delivering the Lambeth Borough Council policy for home/school transport of children and young people with SEND. For more information about this service please follow the link. Link to Home/school travel

Transport team contacts:

Daphne George Taxi Monitoring Officer, Tel: 020 7926 3190, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Chloe Mayer Transport Assistant Tel. 020 7926 3190, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For more information on home to school transport please click on the link http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/schools-and-education/special-educational-needs/apply-for-help-with-home-to-school-transport 

Tribunals and Conciliation

Lead representative at SEND Tribunals and on matters falling outside the Tribunal system such as Judicial Reviews. Jay Murphy Special Educational Needs Disability Tribunal and Conciliation Officer Tel: 020 7926 9284, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

SEND Panel

The SEND Panel is the local authority’s decision making body which decides on SEND issues and allocates resources. The Panel consists of:

  • Head of SEND (Chair)
  • Headteacher representative (Mainstream or Special School)
  • Principal or Senior Educational Psychologist
  • Head of Service/Manager, School Admissions
  • Head of Service from the Multi Agency Team
  • Representatives from Lambeth Community Health Service
  • Representative from the Early Years Support Service

Minutes of the meeting are taken by a designated clerk.

Administrative Support

This team provides administrative support for the other Lambeth SEND teams. The key contacts in the team are: SEND Administrative Support Officer Tel: 020 7926 9460 or 0207 926 7754, Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Lambeth SEND Website

website

For Further information about making a complaint about a Local Authority Service please click this link: http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/elections-and-council/contact-us/make-a-complaint-guide

Postal address:

SEND Team 10th Floor, International House, Canterbury Crescent, London SW9 7QE