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Richmond SEND Partnership Board



1. Vision 

Our vision is that every child and young person with SEND is supported to engage in learning and has an educational experience that inspires them, enables them to nurture their talents, and provides a solid foundation for a happy and fulfilling life. 

2. Purpose of the SEND Partnership Board 


The Board will seek to ensure that: 

Children, young people, parents and carers are listened to and engaged in the design and delivery of strategies, services and the support provided to them. Parents and carers should feel that they are at the centre of the team supporting their child, and their views and unique knowledge is essential to all professional decision-making. 

There is clear and comprehensive information about children and young people’s needs and their outcomes. The Board will need to receive reports which present and analyse quality assurance findings, data and the views of children, young people and parents. 

The whole system, with education, social care and health services at the core, works together and with families to understand and respond to children’s needs in a coherent way, with each partner contributing to robust assessments, plans and funding arrangements, and monitoring the impact of their services and support.  

Local provision is continually improved so that parents and carers are confident that their children’s education, health and social care needs can be met effectively and locally; it is focused on achieving the best possible outcomes for children and young people with SEND, by providing high quality and graduated support that is responsive to individual needs at the earliest opportunity, and which maximises young people’s independence and prepares them for successful adulthoods. Partner agencies will need to commission jointly to ensure that we have the right local provision. 

Assessment and provision is timely, high quality and delivered by well trained and supported professionals, who work effectively together and use evidence to inform their work, promote resilience and achieve positive outcomes for children and young people with SEND; services that cannot demonstrate this impact are re-provided or re-commissioned.  

3. The Board will meet its objectives through the following ways of working: 

The Board will centre its focus and start each meeting with evidence of the experience of children and young people. 

The Board will hold partners to account for meaningful engagement with children and young people with SEND and their families, seeking to ensure this is embedded in the culture of all SEND support and services, so that the needs and best interests of the child or young person are at the centre of professional practice and decision-making. 

Promote and support strong and effective working relationships between the organisations and sectors represented on the Board so that system leaders work effectively together and share resources in the best interests of children and young people with SEND. 

Take responsibility for the effective delivery of the SEND Futures Plan, and that the Plan is developed and implemented in an effective, transparent and timely manner, including improvements to the quality and timeliness of Education, Health and Care plans and their annual reviews. 

Act as a sounding board for proposals and options to transform SEND support and services, providing support and challenge to partner agencies and the working groups delivering the actions in the plan. 

Help to unblock any barriers to the delivery of their plan within the sectors and organisations represented on the Board; help to provide solutions to complex issues and challenges in a timely and sustainable manner. 

Engage with relevant statutory and national organisations, such as the Department for Education and the Council for Disabled Children, to identify leading practice that would support improvements to service quality and outcomes for children and young people with SEND. 

Acknowledge and celebrate successes so that the whole SEND system is able to learn from each other, build resilience and ensure the sustainability of services; share and promote innovations across the partner organisations represented on the Board. 

When central government funding is insufficient to meet children and young people’s needs, the Board will provide co-ordination of lobbying efforts for increased funding.   

4. Membership  

Anna Chiva

Associate Director for SEND

Achieving for Children

Alex Hardy


Voluntary sector

Alison Danks

Associate Director of Health Services

Achieving for Children

Alison Stewart

Designated Clinical Officer for SEND

South West London CCG

Ashley Whittaker 

Programme Director (SEND) 

Achieving for Children 

Charis Penfold 

Director of Education Services 

Achieving for Children 

Claire Schneider 

Clinical Service Manager for Paediatric Therapies 

Hounslow and Richmond 

Community Healthcare 


Grace Over 

Participation Officer for Children and 

Young People with SEND 

Achieving for Children 

Heather Mathew 

Children and Young Peoples 

Voluntary Sector Strategic Lead 


Richmond Council for 

Voluntary Service 


Ian Dodds (Chair)

Director of Children’s Services 

Richmond Council 

Ian Hutchings 

Headteacher, Sheen Mount Primary School 

Primary School

Ivan Pryce 

Headteacher and CEO, Strathmore School and Auriga Academy trust

Special School

Jamie Fisher Commissioner Richmond Council 
Jason Jones Principal Richmond upon Thames College

Jessica Thom

Director of Commissioning and Partnerships

Achieving for Children

John Street Adult Services Richmond Council

Jonathan Rourke

Team Coordinator


Karl Burgess

Adult Services  

Richmond Council 

Kate Jennings

Senior Public Health Lead 

Richmond Council 

Kelly Dooley

Headteacher, Richmond Upon Thames School

Secondary School

Laura Turner


Voluntary sector

Natalie Douglas

Deputy Director Clinical Services

South West london CCG

Nicola Boyle Clinical Business Unit Manager Wandsworth and Richmond 0 to 19 Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust 

Nigel Evason

Head of Children’s Services and Mental Health & Learning Disabilities, Richmond

South West London CCG 

Nikki Craig

AfC Board of Directors representative

Achieving for Children Board of Directors

Cllr Penny Frost

Chair of the Education and Children’s Services Committee

Richmond Council


Parent Carer Forum

Parent Carer of child with SEND


Parent Carer Forum

Parent Carer of child with SEND


Young person with SEND

Young person with SEND

Sara Doyle 

Associate Director for Identification & 


Achieving for Children 


Richmond College

Post 16

Terry Tottman

Commissioning Manager

Achieving for Children

Tonia Michaelides 

Executive Locality Director

South West London CCG

Toni Whitehouse Head of School
Health and Social Care, Early Years,
Supported and Inclusive Learning
Richmond upon Thames

Tracey Mabbs

Proprietor, Kings Road Nursery

Early Years Provider 

Zoe Bloomfield Clinical Business Unit Manager Wandsworth and Richmond 0 to 19 Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust 


Substitution at Board meetings will be by exception only, as strategic leaders are expected to make this a priority. 

Board members should declare at the start of any meeting any items under discussion which are of direct personal or professional interest. The Chair will determine whether or not any declaration necessitates exclusion for the whole or part of a meeting. At​ times the Board may consider sensitive or confidential items. Board members must respect confidentiality when requested to do so by the Chair.    

5. Governance 

The Board will be chaired by the Director of Children’s Services. In the absence of the Chair, the members will elect a chairperson for that specific meeting.  

The Board will have responsibility for programme governance and will hold the working groups to account for the delivery of the actions, benefits and outcomes identified in the transformation plan. The Board will be accountable to the Health and Wellbeing Board for the escalation of any partnership issues and for progress reports on the delivery of the transformation plan.    

6. Meeting agendas and papers 

The Board will meet on a bi-monthly basis. The Chair will agree the agenda for the meeting in consultation with Board members. The agenda and meeting papers will be circulated by email five working days in advance of the meeting. Minutes will be circulated 10 working days after the meeting. Administrative support to the Board will be provided by Achieving for Children.    

7. Decision-making 

The SEND Partnership Board is not responsible for decision-making. Decisions will be made in accordance with the decision-making processes of the individual organisations represented on the Board. For example, for the Council this will be the Children’s Committee, for Achieving for Children this will be its Board of Directors, and for the Clinical Commissioning Group this will be its Governing Body or Borough Committee.    

8. Review 

The Board will keep its terms of reference under regular review. There will be a review of the terms of reference annually; the next review is due in January 2022.  

Download Terms of Reference (pdf)

Members of Richmond SEND Partnership Board (opens a new window)


Richmond SEND Partnership Board meeting May 2021 - notes of meeting (pdf)

Richmond SEND Transformation Plan Update Report - May 2021 (pdf)

SEND Partnership Board Performance Dashboard (Q4) (pdf)

Richmond Parent Carer Forum Presentation - Dual or Multiple Exceptionality (DME) (pdf)

Dual or Multiple Exceptionality - fact sheet (pdf)

Children Missing Education Jamboard (pdf)

Richmond SEND Futures Plan - DfE Safety Valve Agreement presentation  - March 2021 (pdf)

Richmond Progress Report - Therapies Review March 2021 (pdf)

Richmond SEND Partnership Board meeting November 2020 - notes of meeting (pdf)

Richmond SEND Transformation Plan Update Report - November 2020 (pdf)

Richmond SEND Partnership Board meeting September 2020 - notes of meeting (pdf)

Richmond SEND Transformation Plan Update Report - September 2020 (pdf)

Richmond SEND Partnership Board meeting July 2020 - notes of meeting (pdf)

Richmond SEND services during the COVID-19 pandemic Update Report - July 2020 (pdf)

Richmond SEND Partnership Board COVID meeting May 2020 - notes of meeting (pdf)

Richmond SEND Partnership Board COVID meeting 25 March 2020 - notes of meeting (pdf)

January agenda (pdf)

Richmond SEND Partnership Board January 2020 - notes of meeting (pdf)

SEND Support - spotlight notes (pdf)

SEND Partnership Board Performance Dashboard (Q3) (pdf)

SEND QA report (pdf)

Delivery Plan  - Public Health Annual Report (pdf)

SEND Futures Plan Update (pdf)

SEND Partnership Board SEN Support (pdf)

Review of SEN Support - January 2020 (pdf)


Review of SEND Local Offer website 2020 (video presented at the meeting)​

November agenda (pdf)

November - notes of meeting (pdf

SEND Futures Plan Update (pdf)

Bexley Quality First Teaching and SEN Toolkit (pdf)

LGA SEND Peer Review Feedback Report (pdf)

September agenda (pdf)

Summary of meeting (pdf)

September - notes of meeting (pdf)

SEND Futures Plan Update (pdf)

July agenda (pdf)

July - notes of meeting (pdf)

SEND Futures Plan Update (pdf)

May agenda (pdf)

May - notes of meeting (pdf)

March agenda (pdf)

March - notes of meeting (pdf)