Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
The new SEND and Inclusion Strategy sets out
our vision for people with Special Educational Needs in
Staffordshire. Cabinet will be asked to consider approval of the
new Strategy, noting the engagement and consultation process
completed during its development, and subsequent to this to support
implementation of the Strategy, and ensure that it is used to
inform commissioning of services.
“We want all children with special educational needs and disabilities to be able to reach their potential by receiving the right support at the right time in their own communities, at their local school or place of education.
We have worked hard to meet increased demand and part of that development process has been to work closely with partners, professionals and parents to find the best way forward.
This strategy lays down the principles upon which our work will be based, particularly using the funding available to have pupils educated more inclusively closer to home, while multiple groups work together better for each child’s benefit.”
Jonathan Price, Cabinet Member for Education (and SEND)
Reasons for the Decision – To consider the updated SEND Strategy 2021-26 which details how the Council and its partners will support the inclusion of all children and young people, particularly those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). This Strategy builds on the outcomes of the 2018 Ofsted/CQC Local Area SEND Inspection and the Written Statement of Action.
Decision – (a) That the update to the SEND Strategy, in light of the responses received during the consultation period, be noted.
(b) That the Staffordshire SEND Strategy be approved as the core vision and key priority areas that the County Council, along with the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and partners (including education and health providers) will use to drive our ambition for improving provision for our children and young people.
Report author: Julie Day
Publication date: 18/02/2021
Date of decision: 17/02/2021
Decided at meeting: 17/02/2021 - Cabinet
Effective from: 24/02/2021