POET (Personal Outcomes Evaluation Tool)

What is POET?
POET is a tool which collects parent, children, young people and practitioner views of Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) and Special Educational Needs (SEN) support and the impact it has had on their lives (or the lives of those they support). It takes just 10 minutes to complete and can be completed once a year, any time during that year.

All the questionnaires are anonymous and go directly to In Control, which is a charity working with the Department for Education. None of the surveys or your personal details are seen by the local authority.

Why should I complete POET?
It is important that Essex County Council know how your experience of EHCP support and/or SEND support has been this year. The feedback you give will be used to develop and improve services, based on what matters to you. POET is your opportunity to provide your views on what is working and what isn’t working and play an important part in shaping the future experiences of families.

In Control will also compare how Essex County Council is doing against other Local Authorities, based on your responses.

How do I complete POET?
There are a number of ways you can complete the POET survey. You can access the survey online:

Parent/Carer questionnaire link

Child/young person questionnaire link

Practitioner questionnaire link

On each link, scroll to the bottom and press ‘next’

You can also request a paper version or easy read version of POET by emailing: POET@essex.gov.uk or poet@in-control.org.uk.

Where can I see the feedback you receive?
In Control will create a report using the feedback received which we will then publish below. If you prefer you can request a copy of the report by contacting poet@in-control.org.uk

Past In Control reports can be found here:

Essex POET EHCP Survey Report February 2016

Essex POET EHCP Survey Report July 2017

What has been done in response to the feedback?
We will update this page to publish the changes we make as a result of your feedback.

Where can I find out more information?
You can find our POET resources, including the information postcard, family invite, child and young person invite and poster, on our ‘Further POET Resources’ page. You will also find information about POET on 
In Control’s website or by contacting us at POET@essex.gov.uk or In Control at poet@in-control.org.uk

POET Postcard