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Welcome to St Albans, Harpenden and Villages DSPL Website

What is Delivering Special Provision Locally (DSPL)?


Originally called Developing Special Provision Locally. Area Groups are now focusing on Delivering Special Provision Locally to achieve quality outcomes.

DSPL is a Hertfordshire-wide partnership approach where parents, carers, staff in early years settings and schools, further education colleges, local authority officers and representatives from other agencies, work together as part of an Area Group, to ensure that there is a range of provision and support services available in their local community that :

• Meets the needs of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), aged 0-25, as close to home as possible.

• Widens choice for children and parers/carers

• Removes barriers to learning

• Improves outcomes for wellbeing and attainment

• Uses resources more effectively  



There are nine DSPL Area Groups across the county that meet regularly to discuss what services are available and to influence how services are shaped and developed to ensure the children and young people with SEND in their area receive the right support in their educational activities.

The DSPL County Group is made up of:

    -    DSPL Area Group Chairs (Head teachers)

    -    A Health care manager

    -    Parents and carers

    -    Representatives from:

           •  Early Years settings

           •  Primary Head teachers Forum (PHF)

           •  Hertfordshire Association of Secondary School Head teachers (HASSH),

           •  Special School Head teachers Forum (SSHF)

           •  Local Authority Officers

It meets three times a year and is accountable for ensuring the 9 DSPL areas are working in partnership both locally and across the county to provide the right support services for the children and young people with SEND.   


DSPL7 - Board:

The DSPL7 Board meets six times a year and has the following Board Members:

Amanda Abley - HT Aboyne Lodge Primary

David Allen - HT Links Academy

Pauline Atkins - HT Watling View School

Leianne Bayliss - Early Years

Helen Booth - ISL Area Manager

Henrietta Brooks - Parent Representative

Margaret Chapman - HT STAGS

Cherrie Demain - DSPL Manager

Paul Johnson - HT St Luke’s School

Liz King - DSPL7 Administrator

Paul Lerwill - Business Manager STAGS

Finola McManus - Parent Representative

Jo Mylles - DHT SJL

Margot Nichols - Centre of Expertise

Judith Pace - ISL

Sharon Swinson - HT Lea Primary & Nursery

Lisa Valla - HT London Colney Primary

Gillian Warwick Thompson - Parent representative

Sally West - Oaklands College


Board meeting - 29/06/16 - minutes

Board meeting 14/09/16 - minutes

Board meeting 02/11/16 - minutes


Useful Links


DSPL on Hertfordshire Grid for Learning –


DSPL on HertsDirect –


SEND (including the Local Offer) on HertsDirect –


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