Following concerns raised by some parents who received a letter regarding the POET survey, we have now received the following clarification from Essex County Council:-
“A letter was sent by Essex County Council on 28 February to families in Essex with an invitation to take part in the POET survey. This survey is a national survey which gathers views on SEND support and how effective the support is for children and families. The purpose of the survey is to plan and improve the service that we deliver to you.
The survey is provided by InControl. The survey is completed online and is anonymous; no personal information is gathered as part of this survey. The responses to the survey are collated by InControl and the summary of the findings are shared with Essex County Council, giving us invaluable feedback as to the impact of SEND support across the County. We are also given information about how Essex compares to other regions and with the national picture.
No personal data has been shared with InControl.
We apologise that an incorrect number was printed on the top of the letter and for any concern that this has raised amongst parents who received the letter. The email contact details and the page on the Essex Local Offer are correct.
The parents’/child’s names have been gathered from the school census, a statutory data collection that happens 3 times per year and is shared with the Local Authority and the DfE for the purposes of managing provision. ‘SEN Support’ may have been recorded by your child’s school for a variety of different reasons throughout their school life.
Information on how we use your data can be found at https://www.essex.gov.uk/privacy-notices/education/Pages/Education.aspx
SEND Operations Officer
SEND Strategy and Innovation”
We hope this reassures those parents who received any such recent communication from Essex County Council.