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Greetings from Benjamin Blake

Greetings from Benjamin Blake

I am delighted to introduce myself as the new Head of Statutory Services: SEND for Liverpool City Council. I have been working in local authority SEND services since the beginning of the reforms in 2014, and have already had the pleasure of meeting with many Liverpool parents, children and young people in my previous role as Senior Education Manager for SEND.


2023 and the subsequent years will bring new challenges and opportunities, not least because of the long-awaited outcome of the nationally SEND and Alternative Provision (AP) review and consultation. In any event, Liverpool’s commitment to child-centred practice and collaborative working will continue. I am passionate about inclusive practice and removing barriers to learning, and my aim is to create a place where every child and young person feels valued, supported and included.


A priority for 2023 is to renew the Special Educational Needs and Disability Partnership Strategy, and we will keep families up-to-date with the latest news in future newsletters.


I am always keen to listen to feedback and suggestions from children, young people and their parents, so look forward to hearing from many more of you at upcoming events and parent/carer coffee meetings.


Best regards,



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