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 of this 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

If you would prefer to complete a paper copy of the survey, please visit the Files page and download the relevant survey or email POET@essex.gov.uk.  Completed paper copies should be sent to POET Survey, SEND Strategy and Innovation, E2 County Hall, Market Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1QH.

Where can I see the feedback you receive?

This year, we have analysed the feedback received from In Control and have created an Essex specific feedback report, which you can view here:

ECC’s Full POET report 2019-2020

A summary of the feedback received from children and young people and parents and carers can also be found here:

Children and Young People’s Feedback Summary 2019-20

Parent and Carer’s Feedback Summary 2019-20

From this, young people in Essex looked at the feedback and chose three things that felt needed to change first. Find out more by searching for ‘Young People’s POET Challenge 2020’ on the Essex Local Offer page.

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

In Control’s Survey Report for Children and Young People 2019

In Control’s Survey Report for Parents and Carers 2019

In Control’s Survey Report for Practitioners 2019

Past In Control reports can be found here:

Essex POET EHCP Survey Report February 2016

Essex POET EHCP Survey Report July 2017

Where can I find out more information?
You can 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