Statutory Consultations on the Sufficiency of Specialist places for Children and Young People with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) across the Bradford District
The Council is publishing statutory proposals relating to Abbey Green Nursery School, Midland Road Nursery School and Fagley Primary School. The attached Notice will be published in the Telegraph and Argus newspaper on Thursday 28 November 2019 and full details of the proposals can be found on the Council's website.
The Notice sets out the procedure for making comments in support of, and objections against, the proposals.
The Notice relating to each school will also be posted at all of the entrances to the schools, on notice boards and in any other conspicuous place at the schools where it is likely to be seen by parents and others who may have an interest. The Notice must remain on display from Thursday 28 November 2019 until Thursday 9 January 2020 inclusive.
Why are we making changes?
The Local Authority has a statutory duty to keep under review the provision it makes for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) whilst also ensuring there are sufficient specialist places available to meet the needs of the growing SEND population.
Bradford has experienced a significant increase in demand for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) provision in the last 10 years. It is projected that the demand for SEND provision in Bradford will continue to grow and it has been identified that additional specialist places across all sectors in the Bradford District are required. This consultation is to share and gather information on the development of further specialist provision places to enhance the current specialist provision offer across the District.
To maximise the opportunities for expansion and creation of new provision we will keep under review any possibilities of expanding and re-configuring existing spaces to maximise the capital allocation.
In 2019/2020 we proposed to increase the amount of specialist places available through a range of services by expanding and developing further specialist provision to enhance the network of Special Schools, Early Years Enhanced Specialist provision (EYESPs), Resourced Provision places both School and Local authority led in mainstream schools, that are required to meet the current and future needs of children and young people with a range of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
In July 2019 the council; executive approved the development of:
· 34 resourced provision places and
· 40 additional special school places
In addition to the proposals, 215 additional specialist places were also proposed across the academy sector, requiring approval from the Regional Schools Commissioner. The Regional Schools Commissioner approved these in July 2019. This left a further 65 places to be developed. The below proposals are in addition to this.
We are now seeking the views of all stakeholders and interested parties on the development of further additional specialist places to be delivered within the Bradford District.
The Proposals are as follows:
The Local Authority is proposing to redistribute Early Years Enhanced Specialist Provision (EYESP) places by:
· Reducing the Early Years Enhanced Specialist Provision from 20 part time places to 10 part time places at Abbey Green Nursery School
· Developing an Early Years Enhanced Specialist Provision at Midland Road Nursery School to deliver 10 part time specialist places
If you do not have access to the internet or you would prefer a paper copy of this questionnaire or any of the documents, please contact– 01274 438260 or email: SENDPlacesConsultation@bradford.gov.uk
If you would like further information about the proposals please refer to the following documents:
You can also share your views by attending a public consultation meeting. They are being held on the below dates:
Either: Monday 9th December 2019 9.30-10.30am - Room 104 Margaret McMillan Tower, Bradford, BD1 1NN.
Or Wednesday 11th December 2019 5.30-6.30pm - Margaret McMillan Tower,| Bradford, BD1 1NN.
Or Thursday 19th December 1.00pm -2.00pm at Keighley Library Annexe - Spencer Street, Keighley, BD21 2BN.
The consultation closes on Thursday, 9th January 2020. All responses must be received by this date.