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Our vision

Our vision is that Norfolk will be a county where:

  • All children and young people with SEND reach their potential and thrive
  • Parents are confident that there is enough good quality local SEND provision

We have produced an ambitious SEN sufficiency strategy to improve specialist provision for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

Together with our partners, we brought in an external consultant called iMPOWER to help us analyse, benchmark and improve support for children and young people with SEND. Their research included talking to staff and conducting surveys of parent carers and those who support and work with, children and young people with SEND. Their report to us, is helping us define the improvement work.

To deliver this strategy, we are investing £120 million in a major SEND transformation programme of improvement work. We will also receive our share of additional SEND funding announced by the Secretary of State for Education on 17 December 2018. This money will enable us to:

  • Build up to four new schools for children with SEND
  • Provide an extra 170 places in specialist resource bases (hosted by mainstream schools)
  • Support and challenge mainstream schools to improve inclusion opportunities
  • Reduce the travel time for children and young people with SEND, who need to travel to their school placement

Management of the SEND transformation programme 

A SEND Programme Board has appointed a SEND Programme Manager to manage the transformation programme.

A programme structure has been agreed with five workstreams. Each workstream has a senior education Heads of Service lead, and a specialist team to support their work. Within each workstream there are several individual projects. There are currently 15 in total. Each project is being started up in accordance with its priority and inter-dependencies, prior to following a structured approach to delivery.

SEND transformation programme work in progress

1. SEND Support and inclusion. Helping mainstream schools to meet more children's needs locally by working with mainstream schools to support and challenge them to provide the best possible inclusion education for their local children.

Work in progress:

  • Reviewing Element 3 Funding Scheme
  • Improving the training offer to schools (info, advice, guidance)
  • Re-branding / relaunch of the Inclusion helpline
  • Definition of the ‘provision expected’ at SEN Support
  • Improved local offer website
  • Point of service charging review

In plan – not started:

  • Further development of SEND Forum for sharing best practice
  • Consideration of a Single Point of Access for SEND
  • Nurture provision

2. EHCP performance improvement. Investing in our specialist education team to speed up assessments for Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans

Work in progress:

  • Improved 20-week process mapping and information technology to support this work
  • Actively reducing the 20-week backlog

In plan – not started:

  • Phase Review process improvements
  • Annual Review process improvements

3. Infrastructure and new provision. Improving and expanding current special schools, building three new special schools and creating new 170 specialist resource base (SRB) places

Work in progress

  • Detailed building design stages underway
  • Free school presumption process is progressing for sponsors
  • SRB bids received
  • Review of expansion of existing special school provision

In plan – not started:

  • Capital work for Nurture
  • Capital work for Student Support Hubs

4. Alternative provision and inclusion. Ensuring that when children and young people require 'alternative education', it is provided promptly, it reduces exclusions and supports re-integration back to mainstream school

Work in progress:

  • Analysis of Norfolk AP
  • Positioning statement for further scoping the work

In plan – not started:

  • Define new AP offer for Norfolk
  • Produce operating model for AP entry and exit of pupils
  • Define Student Support Hubs
  • Produce an Operating Model for Student Support Hubs

5. SEND finance recovery plan. Reviewing how we currently spend the £80 million for SEND in in Norfolk, within the 'high needs block'. This to ensure that we can live within our means and target support where it is needed most - with education providers who are 'Good' and 'Outstanding'.

Work in progress:

  • Detailed process and IT requirements gathering for a preferred cost tracking solution

In plan – not started:

  • Creating/configuring the live financial child placement solution

Involving key stakeholders

There will be the opportunity for key stakeholders and stakeholder groups to give their views at different stages of the SEND transformation programme. Their involvement will help shape the programme and its improvement activity.

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