Norfolk’s SEND Local Offer is constantly being developed. Find out about new, planned and proposed special educational needs and disability (SEND) provision below. This includes schools, educational establishments and SEND support.
What are Core Consultations and how can they help?
Face-to-face core consultations with our SEND specialists will be offered free of charge. At these meetings Norfolk schools will be able to discuss issues relating to SEND in their schools and children about whom they are concerned.
Schools were invited to register an interest in having core consultations in the summer term of 2019.
Three strands are being piloted:
Core consultations with mainstream schools took place throughout the academic year 2019/2020.
Educational psychology and specialist support, along with other colleagues in the Education High Needs SEND service were commissioned by the local authority to undertake prevention and early intervention measures.
Specialist learning support teachers, SEMH practitioners and ASD team members facilitate core consultations. Advice is offered on ways of identifying and addressing children’s needs, together with suggestions on evidenced-based approaches to supporting children and young people with SEND. Educational psychologists are available to EPSS facilitators on a consultancy basis.
By the end of the summer term 2020, the county council had provided face-to-face Core Consultations with SEND specialists in over 200 Norfolk schools free of charge. At these meetings schools have been able to discuss issues relating to SEND in their schools and children about whom they are concerned.
Core Consultations provide information and support in the following ways:
Schools who had Core Consultations have evaluated the meetings and given very positive feedback.
It is hoped that core consultations will continue throughout academic year 2020/2021.
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Norfolk County Council has an ambitious strategy to transform education for children with special educational needs and disabilities, investing in new specialist school places and strengthening support to mainstream schools.
We are beginning an exciting and ambitious programme of changes for SEND in Norfolk.
As part of this, we are opening up to four new special schools in Norfolk. One of these schools is being established under the Department for Education (DfE) national special and AP free school wave.
Other schools are being established using the local authority presumption route.
Existing or potential approved academy sponsors have been provided with information about our schools. Details are available here.
Work is underway to review and redesign the mental health offer for Looked After Children considering the new service model.
Norfolk has been chosen as a Wave 2 Trailblazer site for Mental Health Support Teams in schools (MHSTs). These teams will provide:
• direct support to young people and their families in educational settings, and work with school staff to make the environment as psychologically safe as possible.
• consultation to school staff where CYP do not engage with services
• training to develop skills in identification of mental health problems and a basic level of support such as Mental Health First Aid.
Work has already begun to recruit and train the staff who will be a part of the teams and a soft launch of the service in April 2020. Further recruitment and training will take place throughout 2020, with a fully operational service in place from April 2021. If successful, these teams will be rolled out across Norfolk & Waveney.
We have also prioritised funding for an additional four CYP Wellbeing Practitioner (CWP) posts.
In 2018, we published the outcome of an Independent review into the Norfolk Integrated Speech and Language Therapy service. The purpose of this review was to understand why the commissioned service wasn’t working as effectively as we had planned and what changes we should make to improve the service offer for children, young people and their families. The action plan included the following recommendations:
Further work is needed to support schools and settings to be better resourced to ensure children and young people can get support easily. In autumn 2019, we plan to implement more changes to improve the service.
The new Norfolk and Waveney – Mental Health Advice and Support for 0-25’s service has been set up as our one stop place for information, advice and guidance. At its heart are the following core principles:
• 0—25 years: any child, young person or young adult up to their 26th birthday will be served by this approach in all settings and in all areas of Thrive methodology.
• A focus on Thriving: investing in early prevention and aiming to return those with difficulties to a Thriving state.
• Working as a single system, with shared case management, agreed goals, performance management and assessments across providers. This will enable families and young people to tell their story once.
• Clear access routes for children, young people, young adults and professionals working across systems removing the need to re-refer (so CYP are not moved to the end of another waiting list), if a system partner is better placed to meet the need.
• Community Based: serving local communities and building community capacity. We are mindful that CYP communities may not reflect a geographical location.
• Relationship focused: reducing ‘hand-offs’ and reducing the amount of times children and young people need to tell their story.
• Multi-agency multi-disciplinary teams that provide support to families, professionals, and universal settings (especially schools).
• Goal-focused and episodic interventions: involving children, young people and young adults in setting goals and making choices.
Work is now underway to review and redesign the mental health offer for Looked After Children considering the new service model.
The establishment of the Norfolk SLCN Stakeholder Group provides a formal dialogue process on how services could develop outside the remit of the commissioned speech and language therapy (SLT) service. The aim of which is to empower all SLCN system providers to work together with families to improve outcomes for children. In response to the independent review undertaken in summer 2018, the Stakeholder Group is tasked with achieving the following objectives;