The LA has a statutory responsibility under the Children and Families Act 2014 to keep its special educational provision under review, to ensure sufficiency in placements to meet the needs of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), working with parents/carers, young people and providers.
In line with this duty and supported by one-off funding from the Government North Yorkshire County Council is in the latter stages of reviewing provision for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) aged 0 - 25 years, and is developing a strategic plan that sets out how much provision should be made. This plan will be published in March 2018.
The Government have also committed a Special Provision Capital Fund to help local authorities improve special education provision for pupils with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs). This funding is to be used to create new (additional) places at good or outstanding provision and improving facilities or developing new facilities. The local authority is required to consult with parents/carers of children with SEND and young people with SEND and to work with education providers to agree how the capital funding can best be targeted. The local authority is required to consult with a plan to show how they intend to use the funding in advance of it being given to them. The plan has to be published on the Local Offer by 14th March 2018. North Yorkshire will receive a total of £500 000 capital funding between 2018 and 2021.
The key priority for the local authority is to ensure that there is a robust continuum of sufficient educational provision across North Yorkshire ranging from mainstream to specialist provision and that capacity and capital issues affecting the specialist estate are addressed as a matter of urgency. Working towards this priority will enable the LA to ensure that children and young people are educated in their nearest suitable school and reduce high costs of out of county placements. This is in line with the following action from 'Young and Yorkshire 2': Ensure that educational provision reflects changing need and trends so children can have their needs met locally across mainstream, specialist and alternative provision.'
The latest briefing paper on the Strategic Plan can be found in the September Briefing document in the downloads section below. This includes details of Autumn engagement events which will be focusing on provision around young people with:
- Communication and interaction (autism and speech, language and communication needs);
- Cognition and learning (such as specific learning difficulties, dyslexia and dyscalculia);
- Sensory, physical and medical needs (hearing impairment, visual impairment, physical and medical needs);
There are events for schools and professionals, and for parents and carers.
You can register to attend events through the links below;
- Parents and Carer Events
- Schools and Professional Staff Events
Should you be aware of any parents or carers who would like to provide feedback, or require support to register for any of the events we would be grateful if you could provide them with the contact details on the NYCC public website to allow us to assist https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/send-specialist-support-and-provision .