Norfolk's Local Offer in development

Norfolk’s 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.

In development

Coming soon! A special educational needs and disability (SEND) e-learning course. This will be accessible via our Learning Hub and the Local Offer and is currently under development. This training will provide existing SEND, health and social care professionals, and those that are new to SEND from all agencies, with a high level of knowledge and insight into SEND. Topics will cover:

  • General introduction to SEND
  • Relevant legislation
  • SEN support
  • SEN support across the age and stages
  • Preparing for adulthood
  • Health
  • Social care
  • Voluntary sector
  • SEND funding
  • Children and young people in specific circumstances

Further updates will be published here as the course development progresses.

We have secured £107,000 from the Department of Education as part of the ‘Preparing for Adulthood’ initiative to increase pathways into employment for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

We want to use this funding to build on the good provision that is already established across Norfolk to provide training for job coaches with the aim of creating 20 supported internships within local businesses.

The job coaches will guide young people in the workplace and help employers to create a long-term employment opportunity so that the skills of young people who have SEND are recognised and valued.

What is a supported internship

A supported internship is a study programme for young people (16-24 years) with an Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP) who want to work but need additional support to move into employment. Supported internships are for a minimum of six months and include support in the workplace and ‘off job’ training with appropriate English and Maths skills.   

Support in the workplace is provided by a trained job coach. A job coach helps people with disabilities to learn and perform their work duties and develop interpersonal skills.  Job coaches work alongside interns, gradually tailoring down the level of support as the young person become more confident and settled in the role. 

How will the Project work?

The Supported Internships Project will deliver job coach training to organisations who commit to supporting placements for young people with an EHCP.

These organisations will receive funding for each supported internship created and continued through to a positive outcome.

Organisations are expected to engage their own employers. However, Norfolk County Council will create further opportunities by promoting supported internships and seeking support for the project and project participants from employers, employer groups, support groups and appropriate forums. 

What outcomes are expected from the Project

This project aims to increase the number of supported internships across the county by:

  • Training job coaches.
  • Encouraging more providers to offer supported internships.
  • Getting more young people with EHCPs into employment.

How to get involved in the Supported Internships Project

Providers

Providers should already be working with young people with SEND.  Applications from providers with experience of delivering supported internships are welcome, as are organisations seeking to offer this provision for the first time. 

New providers are encouraged to read the Government guidelines before finalising their offer.

The project will be open for applications in Autumn 2018.  Please contact the Supported Internships Co-ordinator at CS.RPAQueries@norfolk.gov.uk if you would like to receive an application form or would like to discuss the project further:

Employers

There are clear benefits in providing a supported internship but many employers feel unsure about the level of support needed, possible disruption and cost of a placement.

Whilst Employers’ FAQs (see attached) will answer some concerns, the Supported Internship Project can work one to one with managers and/or provide awareness raising sessions with staff to develop a more inclusive workplace. 

If you would like further information, please email CS.RPAQueries@norfolk.gov.uk

Parents & Carers

Young people accessing a supported internship must be aged between 16 to 24 and have an EHCP.  They must also be ready for, and want to, work. 

Before taking on an internship, the young person should have undertaken work experience and possibly a traineeship.  Progression from both can be back into education; progression from a supported internship is expected to be into employment. 

Family support plays a key role in the success of a supported internship.  If you feel this is the right choice, please talk to your education provider about this opportunity.

We have reviewed our current support for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), and their families as they transition from Children's to Adult Services for health and social care.

The review involved representatives from

  • Children’s Services and Education
  • Adult Social Services
  • Health
  • Service users
  • User participation groups Family Voice and Dragons

Transition needs to be a positive experience for children and their families/carers. We are basing the review on the requirements and recommendations in the NICE guidelines, the Care Act and the Children and Families Act.  It will promote strengths-based approaches and our Care Act duties.  This should reduce the need for formal services.

A transition steering group will look at:

  • Improvements that can be made in the short term to support people going through transition
  • Identification of a model that will be developed for a new transition service for Norfolk

The first transition workshop will be held on 1 May 2018.  Updates will follow.

The County Council and NHS Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Groups want to ensure the best service possible with the funding available and have commissioned an independent review of current need and provision for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs in Norfolk.

The independent review is led by Better Communication CIC, a not-for-profit community interest company. Parent carers and professionals were surveyed May-June 2018 and the outcome of the review will be announced during the summer term 2018.

New developments

A new independent travel training scheme has started in Norfolk. It provides support and training to young people enabling them to travel independently, boosting their confidence and wellbeing.

The scheme offers a daily home-to-school training journey over a number of weeks. It uses skilled travel trainers, supporting and teaching young people how to complete their journey safely and enjoyably. Each young person is matched with a trainer who will support them throughout their training. Additionally, trainers will aim to support personal development and build confidence, to help young people make a diverse range of journeys in the future.

Initially the scheme will focus on, but is not limited to Norwich. It is aimed at young people who are in school years 7-11, who are currently using specialised home to school transport.

For more details about the scheme visit HCT Group - independent travel training. Alternatively if you would like more information, contact Karl Chapman, Independent Travel Manager, email karlchapman@hctgroup.org or telephone 01603 222707 or 07422 965187.

The Personalised Travel Payment (PTP) pilot is a scheme giving the family the flexibility to make their own travel arrangements to get their child to and from school. 

View more information about the PTP pilot

The Fen Rivers Academy is a special school that we have proposed. It has been sponsored by Catch22 Multi Academies Trust (MAT). The academy will offer full-time education and therapeutic support to 96 vulnerable children in the West Norfolk area. The children aged 4-16 years old, will have been referred by us as part of our duties to arrange SEN provision.

More information on the Fen Rivers Academy.

We asked for your views, and will publish a short plan on the Local Offer in the summer, detailing how we plan to spend the funding and results from the consultation.  The plan will be updated in March each year.

In the summer term, we will also be publishing our sufficiency strategy and plan.This will set out a broader and more ambitious plan for specialist provision for children with SEN and disabilities. This consultation will help to inform this strategy.

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