Our vision is that Norfolk will be a county where:
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:
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.
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.
2. EHCP performance improvement. Investing in our specialist education team to speed up assessments for Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans
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
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
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'.
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.