2019 to 2021
In line with our SEND strategy and what our parents & carers said was needed
A Reduction in exclusions for children and young people with SEND:
- An inclusion model has been implemented across most Secondary Schools providing additional resources and support to reduce rates of permanent exclusions. All permanent exclusions are tracked against SEND and other factors to identify opportunities for additional support. A process is in place to monitor levels of exclusions and characteristics of excluded children and this is reported to Councillors and used to challenge schools whose rates of exclusion of children including those with SEND is disproportionate.
Access to therapeutic services in a timely way, particularly speech and language therapy:
- A revised Speech, Language and Communication strategy is in development. A new Speech Language Communication pathway was launched in March 2021 to meet the needs of parents and carers and centralise local and national resources. The pathway tool navigates the provisions available for parents, carers and professionals to help all children and young people develop their speech, language and communication, as well as for those with identified speech, language and communication needs. You can follow a series of questions leading to relevant information and resources, which is targeted at the 0-5 year age range, simply choose which are most useful, view or ‘add’ the resource to create your own pathway, which can be saved and added to at a later date. The pathway link is here: https://pathway.thebalancedsystem.org and parents can and watch this clip for a demonstration of the pathway in action, this is self-explanatory and tells you everything you need to know about using the pathway. The Local Authority has trained a number of Occupational Therapists to be able to undertake sensory assessments and support sensory integration as a response to families identifying a gap in this area. From April 2021, there will be two fully trained sensory assessments working with Nottingham City young people and families.
Additional resources for mainstream schools, where this is family preference, to meet children’s needs:
- A full review of high level needs (HLN) funding has been undertaken during 2020/21 in Nottingham City primary schools and a new system has been implemented. The new system delivers fair and consistent HLN funding outcomes for pupils with similar needs across the City. Over £1,000,000 is available to support children with SEND. Additionally, HLN funding allocations reflect true costs for schools of the support required to meet the needs of young people with SEND. 221 additional children are now awarded an allocation and the highest need pupils are now being better supported, with a six fold increase in numbers at the highest level of funding.
What do we want to do better?
Further refine the funding processes to schools and settings so that a responsive and equitable process ensures that interventions are in place as soon as possible following identification:
- A revised funding process is being developed for early year’s settings, school nurseries and secondary schools following the successful implementation of the primary school model. The system will be in place for the 2022/23 financial year.
Embed co-production with families consistently across all elements of decision-making:
- The Rainbow Parent Carer Forum Annual Event will launch Ready Steady Goal programme on 1st April 2021. The COVID Bounce Back Survey (to be completed during the Annual Event) will be used to shape the Ready Steady Goal programme offer. Workshops on EHC Plan’s and SEN support will be part of the Ready Steady Goal offer and included at the Parent Carer Annual Event.
Ensure a continuum of good/outstanding provision for children and young people with SEND to reflect changing demand:
- As part of the SEND strategy priorities co-produced with families, the Local Authority has developed and opened a new 48 place Autism provision in an outstanding academy special school.
What have we done?
In 2018 we:
- Worked with Statutory Services and Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations to meet the requirements of SEND Reforms under the Children and Families Act 2014.
- We continued to work with the Rainbow Parents Carers Forum, promoting their activities on the Local Offer.
- Took part in the East Midlands Local Offer peer review; recommendations from this review were implemented within our website.
- We implemented Point software on the Local Offer. Point is an online tool that uses Widgit Symbols to help visitors of the website understand the written content better.
Since 2018 we have:
Undertaken a Short Breaks Review Consultation, this included:
- Consultations with parents who access overnight residential Short Breaks provision (Crocus Fields and Children’s Development Centre)
- Online consultation (survey monkey) by Rainbow Parent Carer Forum
- Face-to-face consultation via Rainbow Parent Carer Forum at various support groups (Asian Parents Group, Rainbow Saturday Sessions, CDC Open Day, Autism East Midlands Hub)
- Face-to-face consultation with parents and young people via Futures
- Case studies from our existing services (internal and commissioned)
- Engagement with providers and practitioners, including a stakeholder event in October 2019