Strategy for SEND and Inclusion
Birmingham City Council established the Inclusion Commission in October 2016 to explore the effectiveness of the current arrangements in the City across the 0-25 age range.
The membership of the Inclusion Commission included representatives from parent groups, early years settings, mainstream schools, colleges, resource bases, specialist providers, independent non-maintained schools, independent specialist colleges and social care and health services.
An independent chair was appointed to oversee this work, Professor Geoff Lindsay from Warwick University.
Every child and young person aged 0-25 with a special educational need and/or disability(SEND) in Birmingham will have the opportunity to be happy, healthy and achieve their fullest potential, enabling them to participate in, and contribute to all aspects of life.
A new Strategy for SEND and Inclusion has been developed including a:
- Key Priorities
- Outline delivery plan
Birmingham’s Strategy for SEND and Inclusion was agreed by the Inclusion Commission and then approved for implementation at Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet meeting on 12 December 2017.
Latest update: March 2018
Local authorities must ensure there are sufficient good school places for all pupils, including those with SEN and disabilities. The Government has committed £215 million of capital funding to help local authorities create new school places and improve existing facilities for children and young people with SEN and disabilities, in consultation with parents and providers.
Birmingham share of that is £1.4 million for the next three years (£4.2 million in total). We can use this funding as we see fit to improve our special provision for children and young people with education, health and care (EHC) plans. This funding can be invested in mainstream schools and academies, special units, special schools and academies, early years settings, further education colleges or to make other provision for children and young people aged from 0 to 25 with education, health and care plans for whom the local authority is responsible.
We can use this funding to:
- Create new (additional) places at good or outstanding provision
- Improve facilities or develop new facilities
- Expand existing provision including at the same site or at a different site.
- Reconfigure provision and to improve facilities so that they meet the needs of pupils with special educational needs
This plan details how we purpose to use funding allocated to us and will be updated as projects are confirmed.
Other projects will also be added to the plan as the SEND strategy develops over the next few months.