Consultation

Proposal to Establish an Early Years Enhanced Specialist Provision (EYESP) at Hirst Wood Nursery School

Purpose of the consultation

The proposal is to:

 

Establish a 10 place Early Years Enhanced Specialist Provision (EYESP) at Hirst Wood Nursery School. Each place will equate to 0.6 of a place (15 hours).

 

Currently the Local Authority maintains five Nursery Schools across the District which deliver integrated Early Years Enhanced Specialist Provision for children primarily aged 2 - 5 years, but with capacity for some children aged 5+ where appropriate with a range of special educational needs and disabilities.

 

These specialist places would be delivered alongside mainstream Nursery School places. 

 

The children accessing these provisions would have an Education, Health and Care Plan or be undergoing assessment for an Education, Health and Care Plan. The admission of children to the EYESP will be managed by the special educational needs assessment process. 

 

The EYESPs are led by the Local Authority Nursery Schools who receive additional funding from the local authority specifically for the purpose of the provision.

 

The objective of the proposal to establish an EYESP at Hirst Wood Nursery School is to have a wider geographical spread of EYESP places available for parents.

 

Consultation:

 

In order to establish a new EYESP a full statutory consultation process will be undertaken. 

 

We are currently entering into the Representation Phase following the publication of a Statutory Notice which runs from 9th June 2022 to the 8th July 2022. All representations will be analysed prior to a report being presented to the Council’s Executive Committee.

 

Objectives:

 

The objective of the proposal to establish an EYESP at Hirst Wood Nursery School is to accommodate the increasing demand for specialist provision places across the District and have a wider geographical spread of EYESP places available increasing parental choice.

 

When proposing changes to existing SEND Provision the Proposers have to meet the SEN Improvement Test and be able to demonstrate that the proposed arrangements are likely to lead to improvement in the standard, quality/and or range of educational provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities. The rationale and expected benefits of the proposal are set out in the attached SEN Improvement Test.

 

The proposal will build on the good standards for teaching and learning already in place at the school. The development will provide places for children and young people with SEND within the Resourced Provision. This development will not have any negative impact on other schools, academies and educational institutions in the area.

 

Implementation and any proposed stages for implementation:

 

The proposed implementation date for the EYESP is October 2022. The admission of children will be managed by the special educational needs statutory assessment process.

 

Project Costs:

 

No development works or refurbishment is required to establish the proposed EYESP. Hirst Wood Nursery School was a former Children Centre plus, which was established to cater for children with a wide range of additional needs. As such the nursery school layout of the building enables them to meet the individual needs of the children. Some revenue funding may be required for set up costs.

 

The proposed new Early Years Enhanced Specialist Provision places at Hirst Wood Nursery School will be funded from the High Needs Block, which is part of the ring-fenced Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG), in accordance with the annually agreed Place Plus Model (the local determined funding formula for allocating funding to schools in support of children and young people with Education Health and Care Plans). 

 

Evidence of demand:

 

The Local Authority has a statutory duty to constantly review the specialist provision available for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), whilst also ensuring that there are sufficient specialist places available to meet the needs of the growing SEND population.

 

Bradford District has experienced a significant increase in demand for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) provision over the last 10 years. It is projected that demand will continue to grow across all sectors.

The Strategic Plan 2021 - Sufficiency of Specialist Places for Children and Young People in Bradford highlights the growing demand.

 

The total number of Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) for 0-25 year olds across the Bradford District was recorded as 4,842 on 1st October 2021. This has increased from 3,673 recorded at January 2019 and 4,547 recorded in October 2020. As of 26th April 2022 the number of children and young people in Bradford with an Education, Health and Care Plan was 5,052.  Of these 5,052 children and young people, 142 are of nursery school age.  There are also a further 133 nursery school aged children accessing SEN Support.

 

The number of children and young people with an EHCP within the Bradford district continues to rise year on year, above both regional and national averages.  The high levels of occupancy of the current specialist provisions demonstrates that there is a need to develop more specialist provisions across the district in order to meet current and future demand. 

 

The development of further specialist provisions will ultimately reduce the reliance on placing children and young people with SEND, within more expensive specialist provisions outside of our Local Authority.

 

Using a growth model for EHCPs based on JSNA, census and other intelligence data including the SEND Data Dashboard, we project that the number of EHCPs in Bradford will continue to increase. 

 

Our modelling clearly indicates that additional specialist places are required to be developed over the coming years in response to continued growth in the number of EHCPs and wider demographic changes in the school population.  There are many variables that affect the current and future projections of required specialist places in order to meet the needs of children and young people with SEND across the Bradford District.

 

Several of the below variables are referred to throughoutthe ‘Strategic Plan 2021 -Sufficiency of Specialist Places for Children and Young People in Bradford.’

 

·         There is a significant number of children and young people across the Bradford District on SEND Support.  Projections show that a proportion of this cohort will transfer onto a EHCP in the future, therefore increasing the overall EHCP cohort;

·         Increase in the number of EHCPs;

·         Increase in the number of EHCP assessments;

·         High level of occupancy in established specialist places.

 

We forecast that once a child or young person has moved into the EHCP cohort they will remain in that cohort unless they move out of the district.  By analysing the flow of children and young people across each stream of SEND provision we forecast that there will be an increase in the number of children and young people that will require access to a specialist place.

 

Our current projection is that we will require an additional 100 to 120 specialist places between the academic year of 2021 to 2022.  With these places being delivered across both the Special School sector and in Resourced Provisions.  Our projections further show that we will need to increase specialist places again for both the academic years 2022 to 2023 and 2023 to 2024 by 100 to 120 places each year. This is the minimum number of specialist places required to be developed in order to meet demand and to control (not increase reliance) on more expensive out of authority placements.

 

The development of an Early Years Enhanced Specialist Provision at Hirst Wood Nursery School will go towards easing some of the key pressure points.

 

The proposal will expand and further develop the specialist provisions across the District enhancing the network of Special Schools, Early Years Enhanced Specialist Provisions, Additionally Resourced Centres and Resourced Provisions which form part of:

 

·         A coherent geographical spread of provision across the District, minimising travel times;

·         A dynamic network for sharing best practice and experience;

·         Flexible and responsive provision to best meet the needs of Children and Young People with SEND.

 

Children and Young People with a range of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities will continue to be well served in Bradford. The Council is looking at the best way to offer a full range of provision locally for all children. We believe that a flexible district wide model will be able to respond effectively to local changes in demand.

 

Objections and comments:

 

Any person or organisation may submit written objections or supporting comments on the proposals by sending them to the Planning and Sufficiency Service by 8th July 2022 to the following address:

 

Planning and Sufficiency Lead SEND, Children’s Services, 7th Floor, Margaret McMillan Tower, Bradford, BD1 1NN

 

Or by e-mail to SENDPlacesConsultation@bradford.gov.uk

 

Or follow the link below to the questionnaire

 

Or access a consultation meeting: these will be held virtually via TEAMS on the following dates:

 

Tuesday 14th June:       10.30-11.30 am

Thursday 23rd June:      2.00-3.00 pm

Wednesday 29th June:  5:30pm-6:30pm

 

Should you wish to attend one of these meetings please send an e-mail to  SENDPlacesConsultation@bradford.gov.ukto request the link for your preferred date.

 

Supporting documents

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