Cabinet approves SEND strategy

Warwickshire County Council’s Cabinet approved recommendations last week to implement a strategy to support Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) learners.

The Special Education Needs and Disability and Inclusion Strategy 2019-2023 follows consultations with learners, parents and teachers. The strategy delivers a framework for how mainstream schools can provide specialist SEND provision.

The strategy was consulted on throughout November and December 2018 with responses targeted from SEND learners and another for parents, teachers and other stakeholders. Responses were analysed during workshops and meetings, with the majority of respondents agreeing with the proposed vision and priorities of the scheme.

There are six main priorities identified in the strategy, all of which support the overarching education strategy, these are:

  • promoting inclusion
  • getting it right for learners with high needs (school age)
  • improving health and social care for learners with SEND
  • preparation for adulthood
  • transport
  • workforce development

Building on the Vulnerable Learners Strategy 2015 – 2018, the new strategy will work in partnership with schools, parents and their children, involving them in key decisions to deliver an effective SEND system.

By working in partnership, it will ensure that the needs of SEND learners are met in all educational settings, which means schools can focus on supporting our vulnerable members to be independent and safe in school and beyond.

Warwickshire County Councillor, Colin Hayfield, Portfolio Holder for Education and Learning said:

‘All children and young people deserve access to a fulfilling education and it is our responsibility to provide this.

‘With inclusion at its heart, this strategy sets out how we plan to address imbalances and affect change across the SEND system.

‘There are constraints in resources, with the cost of meeting SEND learners’ needs increasing each year, the strategy shows our commitment to working with parents, children and schools to deliver the best system of support for some of our most vulnerable learners.’

More information on Warwickshire’s SEND provision can be found at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/send