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Help us shape the future of SEN services

Cornwall Council is launching its biggest ever local engagement exercise to help shape the future of Special Educational Needs (SEN) in Cornwall.

The online Survey is an opportunity for young people, families, the voluntary sector and carers for Cornish children and young people to say what is working well and what could be improved.

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To encourage more responses than ever before, along with a traditional survey, for the first time there is also an art competition and resources for schools.

The results of the survey will then be used to help shape the services and the SEN Strategies into 2021 and beyond. 

Cabinet Member for Children and Public Health, Sally Hawken, said: “I would encourage anyone who is connected with SEN services, whether that be a carer, parent or young person to get involved and to tell us what you like, dislike or would like to see in the future.

“The feedback we receive will have direct influence on our SEN priorities for at least the next two years so your views and opinions are incredibly important and valuable in shaping provision and support moving forward.”

The survey officially will run until November 30th.

Sally continued: “A survey about SEN provision would be meaningless without the input of children and young people who have direct experience of using the services.  There are activities for schools, which are easy to download and for the first time we are also running an art exhibition for children and young people with SEN.”

There are two themes for the exhibition: “Change I want for my future” and “What’s good for me now?”

To enter, simply pick one of the themes and get creating! Entries can be:

  • paintings
  • drawings
  • films
  • original songs
  • models/sculpture
  • poems or stories
  • radio shows/podcasts,
  • dance routines,
  • photographs.


Sally concluded: “We provide services for our communities, so it is only right that those communities help shape those services.  I would encourage as many people as possible to take part and we look forward to receiving your feedback.”

To find out more about the survey, the art exhibition and to access the information for schools and settings, please click here.