Education in the independent (private) sector
Most children and young people with an EHC plan will have their educational needs met in a maintained school, academy or college. A small number of young people will require support from a Specialist Resource Base or from a state funded special school. In a very small number of cases children will need to attend a different type of school in the independent (private) sector.
The County Council aim is to make sure that whenever possible children and young people are educated in Norfolk, or in a county that is close to Norfolk. The County Council have some existing contractual arrangements with approved independent (private), Independent special schools, Non-maintained Special schools and Special/alternative provision free schools.
These schools have been though a quality assurance process, are regularly reviewed and are expected to provide the authority evidence of standards and outcomes each term. This is to ensure a high quality school is chosen. Information on the individual schools is available on:
- Get information about schools, Department for Education's register of educational establishments in England
- DAY Special and Independent Schools in Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire
- Providers on the LTR Framework for LAC SEN Provision 38 Week Provision
- Providers on the LTR Framework for LAC SEN Provision Day Provision
- Norfolk Independent Schools
- Schools on the National Schools Contract
- Section 41 List - the Secretary of State published list of approved independent special institutions.
Schools we have contractual arrangements with are not required to admit any particular child or young person, but they would be approached before other schools. Where parents or a young person have expressed a preference for a school that is not signed up to our contractual arrangements, the County Council would also approach this school to see if they could meet the child or young person’s needs and our quality assurance.
For an explanation on the different types of independent schools’ please visit the types of school page.
How do I make a request?
Then requests are made by contacting your EHCP Co-ordinators.
You can get impartial and confidential advice from:
The Norfolk SEND Partnership, Telephone Norwich (01603) 704070
Scope Independent Parental Supporters, Telephone 0808 800 3333
What if a parent doesn’t agree with the placement provision for their child or young person?
In the first instance, they should discuss this with their EHCP Coordinator.
If they are still not happy, they can use the disagreement resolution service. In Norfolk disagreement resolution is delivered by KIDS SEN Mediation Service which is an independent organisation. To contact KIDS SEN Mediation Service telephone 03330 062 835 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
They will be happy to talk through any issues and let the parent/carer know if disagreement resolution may help.
How can private education providers and other LAs find out more about the contractual arrangements?
Providers and Local Authorities who require any information are required to complete and sign an ‘Access Agreement’.
This form and a copy of the User Guide can be obtained by contacting the Sourcing Team at NCC Procurement by emailing email@example.com.
Full details are available on the Doing Business with County Council section of the website, under the section ‘Tenders, contracts and procurement’.