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Joint action plan to improve SEND support

Published: Wednesday, 15th November 2017

An action plan ensuring all children in the borough have the chance to make a great start in life, regardless of their background, will go before the council’s cabinet.

The local area special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) written statement of actions sets out how the Royal Borough plans to work with schools, health partners and parents to help all young people make the most of the opportunities available in the area.
 
It follows an inspection from Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) over the summer which found while overall outcomes for SEND pupils in the borough are high, some families reported difficulties accessing certain services at the right time.
 
Cllr Natasha Airey, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “We have taken on board the feedback from Ofsted and have moved quickly to put this action plan together to ensure that we, alongside health partners, schools and parents, can make these essential services as accessible as possible for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities.
 
“No family should feel like they are not being supported when we know there is a pool of expertise that can give children with special educational needs and disabilities the same opportunities as their peers.
 
“We are moving forward with these actions and work together with schools, health partners, parents and voluntary organisations throughout the borough to put them into place.”
 
The written statement of action will be submitted to the inspection team from Ofsted and CQC during November.
 
It contains 12 key objectives to be completed by July 2018 including:
 
•    Creating an ‘Inclusion Charter’ for young people and their families to give everyone a common understanding of expectations.
•    Establishing an inclusion quality mark for schools and colleges to give parents and young people a transparent view of progress.
•    Launching an Annual Inclusion Summit in March 2018 to bring together young people, parents, schools, voluntary sector and partners to celebrate and reinforce the support available.
•    Establishing a ‘preparing for adulthood’ scheme with a team dedicated to helping young people prepare for the next stage in their life as they turn 18.
 
The joint Ofsted and CQC inspection took place in July 2017 to assess how well services in the borough, including the council, schools and health providers, were meeting recent reforms for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
 
Their findings were returned in a report in September 2017 which required the council and other local partners to return a written statement of action.

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