Birmingham Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
Welcome to the Birmingham Special Educational Needs and Disability page. On 1 September 2014 Birmingham published its local offer setting out in one place a wide range of information about special educational needs including information about the new Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans that replace all previous SEN Statements and Learning Difficulty Assessments.
SEND – Review of Year 1 and Local Transition Plan for implementation from September 2015
A review of year one has been completed which has led to a new Local Transition Plan is to let you know progress against the transition plan published a year ago. It also is a revised plan for the second year for transferring statements of SEN and LDAs to Education Health and Care Plans.
In the plan there is a clear transfer process. The report also reviews and the lessons learned and the changes as well as the numbers of young people who have benefitted and the plans for the year ahead.
A letter will be sent out to schools and institutions detailing the timetable and requirements in relation to the 2015-16 Transition Plan. See: Local Transition Plan: Year 2 from September 2015
Meeting demand – expansion and changes in the SENAR Teams
We are pleased to let you know that as part of the continuous review of the SEND changes the service has identified the need for a SENAR Transitions Team to deal with the large demand. There will be up to eight more Principal Officers focussed on this task.
THE LOCAL OFFER
We are working on improving the Local Offer all the time which has been live since September 2014. We are currently undertaking a review, please let us know what you think by visiting our feedback page.
SPECIAL EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT PLAN (SEDP)
We are pleased to let you know that the SEDP has been agreed by Cabinet members. This is the strategic approach to SEN including vision and principles to guide decision making. The SEDP covers children and young people up to the age of 25. This includes a good school or college place for every child and young person, in the right part of the city, for all types of need. It also focuses on joint planning for long term outcomes – not just when a child is 5 or 15 but when they are 25 and even 55 or older.
EDUCATION HEALTH AND CARE (EHC) PATHWAY
Since September 2014, Birmingham has made excellent progress with implementing the new EHC pathway - both for children and young people where a new request for EHC assessment has been made, and for children and young people where their statement is being replaced by an EHC Plan. Some EHC Plans have already been completed and many others are being developed with young people, children and their parents or carers. There appears to be a high level of satisfaction with the new way of working because of the opportunities it brings for greater involvement.
“With regards to his new EHC it brought tears to my eyes! After all we have been through to get people to understand his needs. It was so nice to read a document about him that was positive and supporting. I really feel that this will support him when he starts his next school.
Thank you so much SENAR.”
In addition, the Local Authority supported a parent event in January run by Contact a Family and has also run its first Early Support Workshops for parents in February and March. These workshops complement the work of the Parent Carer Forum and bring another route for parents to learn more and contribute their views.
Nationally, Birmingham has been recognised for its work on co-production of the Local Offer website. There is a requirement that Local Authorities must involve parent carers, children and young people in developing the Local Offer - and to clearly demonstrate how this has been done. The example of good practice from Birmingham can be found in the latest SEND Pathfinder Information Pack (Version 6 March 2015 – Local Offer):
CO-PRODUCTION IN BIRMINGHAM
Birmingham has a dedicated co-production page on their Local Offer website. This contains information on how they have co-produced the local offer with parent carers, children and young people including links to our ‘You said, we did’ document, a co-produced local offer leaflet and videos showing how parents and young people have been involved. We have also included a graphic called ‘co-production by numbers’ which shows the statistics of, e.g. the number of coproduction meetings that have taken place and the number of changes made to the Local Offer following the first co-production meeting.
A family conference took place on 5th November 2015 at the Studio, Cannon Street, Birmingham. The conference was attended by over 40 people. A conference report can be found here.
EDUCATION HEALTH AND CARE (EHC) PLANS - LEARNING THROUGH IMPLEMENTATION
As part of being a learning organisation, we have asked for a report about the lessons learned since the implementation of the new Education Health and Care Plans in September 2014. The first report provides progress from September to December 2014. Further improvements in response to the learning identified have already been made and further reports will be published over the year. For a copy of the report please see below
A further interim report showing progress for period January to March 2015 has been produced. For a copy of the report see below:
Birmingham has also now signed up to a Disabled Children's Charter to commit to improving the quality of life for disabled children. This document is below.
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