We all need to work in partnership to ensure that the changes we are implementing in Telford and Wrekin will make a real difference in the lives of all the children and young people with SEND.
With such a wide range of people and organisations involved it may be a real challenge to ensure everyone has an opportunity to participate but we are doing our best to give you different means to engage and have your say in shaping the reforms.
Please find our current and historical consultations below.
Today we are launching a new consultation which is focused around developments for specialist (high need) provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Nationally, there is recognition that the population of children with SEND is growing and in March 2017 the DfE committed funding across local authorities to review their specialist provision and services. With a known increase in demand, particularly surrounding placement requests for specialist provision, particular emphasis was drawn on ensuring sufficient good school places in the local area for those with SEND.
At this time, the DfE also announced capital funding for local authorities to invest in new places and/or improvements for pupils with education, health and care (EHC) plans. The local authority has developed a concise plan, available on the local offer here, to show how it intends to invest this funding focusing currently on the relocation of Haughton Special School. The publication of the High Need Review and Strategic Plan for SEND, is our next step that will help to determine our longer term strategy which aims to secure sufficient specialist provision well into the future.
We are very pleased to be consulting with you regarding our proposals and feel that we are on the next step of our journey to redesign specialist provision within Telford and Wrekin. We have an opportunity to do something differently given a recommendation within the review that we broaden our provision to include resource base provision within mainstream schools, which in turn, will provide parents with greater choice when considering placements for those children with high needs. I am proud that Telford and Wrekin is an inclusive borough and our proposed approach will strengthen this position further.
I hope that you find the High Need Review and Strategic Plan for SEND informative and ask that you submit comments about the proposals using the proforma at the end of the document by no later than 23rd July 2018. These should be returned to SENDandInclusion@telford.gov.uk with the title of ‘High Need Review and Strategic Plan of SEND’. We are very keen to hear from all educational settings and partners from across care and health services, and our parents and young people with SEND.
The Local Authority (LA) consulted with its partners to propose a number of changes to the way in which the Early Years Inclusion Fund is allocated to Early Years Providers.
Proposed changes to the way in which Telford & Wrekin Local Authority undertake a new Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment (EHCNA)
View consultation feedback May 2017
The following surveys have been creating to gather feedback regarding the Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment and Education, Health and Care Plan Transfer Review process's:
If you have had an Education, Health and Care Plan since September 2014, then please let us know your experience during the two process's.
Below you will find the proposed changes to the way in which Telford & Wrekin Local Authority undertake a new education health and care needs assessment. Consultation closed as of 31 March 2017
Following parent feedback from Parent carer forums, IS and IASS we need to make changes to our parent / carer /young person request form.
As part of a SEND parent / carer consultation group we have been working on adapting the Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment (EHCNA) form to meet the needs of our parents and carers.
Consultation closed as of 15 August.
Personal Budgets - Bridge School parent /carer meeting Feb 2016
SEND Reforms – Parent feedback – Market Stall Event Feb 2016.
Personal Budgets Updates – March 2016
SEND Reforms – Personal Budgets conference Q&A session – March 2016
SEND Strategy Consultation – POD’s Parent carer group – May 2016
Local Offer – the NEW Look – May 2016
Parent request form consultation – June 2016
Local Offer- The New Look Launch – POD’s AGM – June 2016
Local Offer feedback is always ongoing - You Said, We Did page.
Continual ongoing discussions with our parent carer forums POD’s, IASS and IS through the SEND task and finish groups.
We have also started a new group specifically looking at suggested changes from parent carer forums. This started in June 2016 and meets approx every 8 weeks. To get involved please contact POD’s
We are very keen to hear the views of young people and their parent and carers. Please provide us with your comments by contacting our team.
We developed an initial survey to gather feedback on the following:
We continued to work together, meeting on a monthly basis developing the Local Offer collaboratively to include headings under age ranges and education, health, social care and leisure. In addition a section that covers information relating to all age ranges was also included. Throughout the process we have included the voice of parent carers and gathered their views through participation, feedback and involvement at family groups, events, conferences and workshops.
The new SEND logo was transposed from a national presentation and we felt that it demonstrated the SEND process with the family/child in the centre.
Since September 2014, we now meet quarterly. The changes and migration of the website have been managed internally by the Local Authority and we are continually providing feedback and suggestions for additions and improvements, alongside direct contact from parent carers via the feedback button. Information that has been shared with us from parent carers is also added to the website and this has enabled the Local Offer to grow.
continue to share the Local Offer information links and details of how this can
be accessed, showcasing via our
iPads at events and family groups. Information is also shared via social media, newsletters and at our SEND Workshops.
The wider SEND Reforms, including the Local Offer are now reported upon to the SEND Steering Group (Chaired by PODS Parent Carer Forum) and in turn report directly to Aiming High for SEND (0-25) Strategic Group.