Consultation

Public consultation on plans for changes to the way we support children with Special Educational Needs or Disability (SEND)

Purpose of the consultation

Bradford Council wants to know what you think about our new plans to change the way we support children and young people with SEND.

 

We told you about our first plan in May 2017, and we have listened to your views and made changes.  We would like to know what you think of our new plans. Please let us know by 28 February 2018.

 

If these new plans are approved, they will come into effect by 1 September 2018.

 

Why do we need to make changes?

 

We want children with SEND to do better in school and to have the chance to live a better life. This will help them have greater opportunities, to be more independent and have better emotional health.

 

In the last 2 years the number of children and young people who have been put forward to be assessed for SEND has gone up 60%. Many of these children have more complex needs.

 

This means we have to find the best way of using the money and resources we have.

 

What would change?

 

The present SEND teaching support services will become part of a single inclusive teaching and support education service for all children and young people from the ages of 0 to 25. This is in line with government recommendations.

 

There would be two teams, who would work closely together to support children and their families.

 

One team would work with children with needs arising from:

 

      Autism.

      Learning disabilities and difficulties.

      Social, emotional and mental health needs.

      These are the types of special educational needs we see most often.

 

The other team would work with children who have:

 

      Hearing impairment.

      Visual impairment.

      Multi-sensory impairment.

      Physical and medical needs.

 

These are the types of special educational needs we see less often.

 

There would be a single point of referral for support for both teams, to simplify the process for families, schools and outside agencies.

 

What are the benefits of our new plans?

 

      There would be a single SEND teaching support service for all children and young people from the ages of 0 to 25.

      Transition would be made easier, for example, when a young child moves from home or an early years setting, into a primary or special school; and then later into a secondary or special school, and then into college, apprenticeships and employment.

      Families and schools would not have to deal with so many different staff and professionals.

      Schools would only need one service level agreement to meet the needs of children and young people right through to the age of 25.

      We would save money on administration and financial support, so we could build a more responsive and efficient service.

 

What else would happen under our plans?

 

      There would be fewer specialist teachers and practitioners employed by us to support children, schools and families.

      To afford even this lower level of staffing, the team would need to generate 30% of their running costs. This would be done by charging for training and other advisory services we supply to schools, nurseries and others. Parents and families would not have to pay for any services.

 

The full report detailing these plans is below in supporting documents.

 

Have your say

 

You can tell us what you think of our plans by completing our questionnaire or emailing your views to SENDConsultation@bradford.gov.uk.

 

The consultation will run from 17 January to 28 February 2018.

 

You can also attend one of the following consultation events:

 

Time

Date

Event

Location

1pm to 2.30pm

23 January 2018

Consultation and discussion for the public

Indus Hall, Kala Sangam, Bradford

9am to 12 noon

25 January 2018

Consultation and discussion: Parent Forum

Victoria Hall, Queensbury

1pm to 4pm

6 February 2018

Consultation and discussion: Parent Forum

Victoria Hall, Saltaire

1pm to 2.30pm

8 February 2018

Consultation and discussion for the public

Central Hall, Keighley

9am to 12 noon

9 February 2018

Consultation and discussion: Parent Forum

Banqueting Hall, City Hall, Bradford

9am to 11am

19 February 2018

Consultation and discussion: Parent Forum (BSL support will be available)

Central Hall, Keighley

1pm to 4pm

21 February 2018

Consultation and discussion: Parent Forum

Indus Hall, Kala Sangam, Bradford

5.30pm to 7.30pm

21 February 2018

Consultation and discussion: Session for parents

(BSL support will be available)

Ernest Saville Room, City Hall, Bradford

5.30pm to 7.30pm

22 February 2018

Consultation and discussion for Parents

Central Hall, Keighley

 

Unfortunately, there was a mistake over the date for the SEND consultation event for parents on 8 February in Keighley.  We want to apologise to anyone who attended the event and was inconvenienced by this. There will be a consultation event taking place on 19 February from 9am to 11am in Keighley Central Hall. BSL will be available at this event.

Supporting documents