Latest SEND news

Here are the latest updates, news and activities about special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Brent.  

March 2018 - Views sought on Brent's Special Provision Capital Fund Plan

Local authorities must ensure there are sufficient good school places for all pupils, including those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The Government has committed £215 million of capital funding to help local authorities create new school places and improve existing facilities for children and young people with SEND, in consultation with parents and providers.

This funding can be invested in mainstream schools and academies, special units, special schools, early years settings and further education colleges, or to make other provision for children and young people aged from 0 to 25. The allocation for Brent is £569,222 for each of the years 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21, a total of £1,707,666.

The Government requires local authorities to complete and publish a short plan that sets out how they intend to invest their allocation, which is accessible to parents, carers and other local groups. Brent's plan aligns with our School Place Planning Strategy (July 2017) and the local authority's Educational Needs and Disability Strategy.

Our plan will be developed and updated annually as new needs emerged. We welcome your views and comments, which should be sent to


March 2018 - Educational Psychology Service drop-in sessions

Brent Educational Psychology Service (EPS) is offering parent drop-in sessions once every half term. All parents of children who live in Brent can book a 45-minute slot with an educational psychologist to discuss any areas of concern e.g. behaviour, emotional or social issues or worries about development or academic progress.  

These are free, stand-alone sessions and there is no commitment to attend any follow-up. However, the educational psychologist will be able to give you information about services and/or provide strategies to support you and your child. 

There is limited capacity and places will be offered on a first come, first served basis, so booking is essential. Parents and schools should email

Bookings will open one month prior to the drop-in dates below:

  • Tuesday 15 May 2018 from 9am to 12 noon at Manor School, Chamberlayne Road, Kensal Green, NW10 3NT
  • Tuesday 12 June 2018 from 9am to 12 noon at Kilburn Grange School, Priory Park Road, NW6 7UJ
  • Tuesday 10 July 2018 from 9am to 12 noon, Convent of Jesus and Mary Catholic Infant School, 21 Park Avenue, NW2 5AN


March 2018 - SEND information day at Wembley Learning Zone

Local services for families who have children with special educational needs and disabilities are the focus of an all-day event in Wembley on Thursday 22 March.

Come along and meet providers and get information about early years support, education, health, transition and much more.

  • Find out about services in Brent for 0 to 25-year-olds and how to access them
  • Chat to other parents and carers 
  • Meet representatives from Brent Parent Carer Forum and hear about how they can support you

View flyer for more information


March 2018 - Transition to adulthood event for young people with SEND

Come and join students and parents for an information evening at Whitmore High School in Harrow from 5 - 7pm on Tuesday 20 March.

Supported by Harrow and Brent Paediatric Therapy Services, this is a great opportunity for young people with SEND, and their parents, to find out about the options that available to them.

  • Hear from young people with additional needs who have made the transition into further and higher education or adult services
  • Get information about employment, transport, housing and benefits
  • Meet representatives from colleges, universities and other companies

View letter for more information



March 2018 - Latest SEND newsletter

Read our newsletter for the latest SEND updates 

Friday 2 March 2018 - SEN transport 

Harrow and Brent SEN Transport are cancelling all transport on Friday 2 March and will be informing parents and schools accordingly.

February 2018 - Brent Parent Carer Forum meeting

Harrow and Brent SEN Transport are cancelling all transport on Friday 2 March and will be informing parents and schools accordingly.

February 2018 - Half term SEND activities at Roundwood Youth Centre

Activities for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are being held at Roundwood Youth Centre next week.

November 2017 - Brent SEND Inspection 

The Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) carried out an inspection of Brent’s special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) provision between 15 and 19 May 2017 to gauge how effectively the area is delivering improvements following the introduction of new reforms in 2014.

The inspection team found significant strengths in the local area’s services, as well as key areas that require improvement. As a result, the local area partnership led by Brent Council and NHS Brent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have been required to produce a written statement of action.

This statement, which has been co-produced by parents, carers and professionals, sets out how the council and the CCG will improve the effectiveness of the local area in identifying and meeting needs and improving outcomes for children and young people with SEND.

View the inspection letters and our action plans below: