i. That the Executive consider and note the content of this report and the strategy document provided
ii. That the Executive approve the content of the strategy and the next steps outlined to seek formal approval and adoption at the upcoming meeting of the full council on 17th May
A report of the Corporate Director – Children and Young People’s Service seeking approval of the Local Area Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Strategy.
Councillor Janet Sanderson, Executive Member for Children’s Services introduced the report, noting that consideration of the new strategy document showed the progress that had been made in SEND provision. The new strategy has been developed as the existing SEND plan expires in September 2023, as part of a joint piece of work in partnership with ICBs, Education settings, Parent Carer Voice, other key stakeholders and importantly the children and young people who use the service.
In the new strategy, partnership work takes prominence and promotes communication at all levels. The new strategy also takes account of the recent Local Government Reorganisation and the implementation of Integrated Care System. It is a local plan specifically designed around local delivery and is aligned around the national SEND Improvement Plan. The key principles of the strategy have communication and engagement running throughout the five strategic priorities: identifying needs early, working together, improving outcomes, preparing for adulthood and achieving best value.
A detailed operational plan is sitting underneath the strategy, setting out how it will be delivered. The strategy shows how to strengthen communication with parents, carers, children and young people, always having the “so what?” factor in mind, in order to give children and young people the right opportunities to fulfil their aspirations.
Councillor Chance endorsed the document, with Councillor Wilkinson noting the importance of schools in the new strategy to promote inclusion.
i) That the Executive consider and note the content of this report and the strategy document provided
ii) That the Executive approve the content of the strategy and the next steps outlined to seek formal approval and adoption at the upcoming meeting of the Full Council on 17th May.