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