South London Special Educational Needs Commissioning

(FINALIST 2017) Beyond boundaries: collaboration of London boroughs makes for better, lower-cost services.

With more than 380,000 inhabitants, the South London Borough of Croydon is London’s most populous. In September 2013 Croydon launched the South London Commissioning Programme, to drive fundamental change in the way boroughs in South London commission and deliver Special Educational Needs (SEN) services. The aim is to work beyond borough and political boundaries towards a common goal – achieving the best outcomes for children with SEN, delivered in the most efficient way.

Initially launched with four boroughs, the partnership now extends to ten boroughs, has worked with four County Councils and one City Council and is sharing good practice across the country. Its collaborative work has saved the participating London boroughs over £4m and provided an average return on investment of 1,700%. Through proactive thinking, collaboration and engagement of users and agencies the boroughs now have a system in place that manages quality and cost, is sustainable and transparent, and uses technology to help find
and manage the delivery of services for children with SEN.


Alisa Flemming