Children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities (or both) often receive a number of different services. These can be provided by nurseries, schools or colleges and specialist therapists, as well as professionals in education, health and social care.

Under the Children and Families Act 2014, the government placed new duties on the local health, social and education services that provide for these children and young people. The Special Educational Needs Code of Practice was updated to reflect these new duties.

Key duties

Dudley Special Education Needs & Disability Improvement Programme

Children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities (or both) often receive a number of different services. These can be provided by nurseries, schools or colleges and specialist therapists, as well as professionals in education, health and social care.

Under the Children and Families Act 2014, the government placed new duties on the local health, social and education services that provide for these children and young people. The Special Educational Needs Code of Practice was updated to reflect these new duties.

Key duties

Improving the lives of children with special educational needs and disabilities in the Dudley borough.

In March 2019 the  Dudley Area Send Strategy was launched which set out our high level aspirations for improving the SEND offer across the board.

Joint Area SEND Inspection

In July 2019  Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission   published their findings of their joint area SEND (special education needs and disabilities) inspection of services and provision that they carried out in May.

We know that every child or young person deserves the very best, but we also recognise that we do not yet deliver this on a consistent basis in Dudley. The inspectors have found a number of areas of significant weakness.  But they have also identified some areas of strong practice. However we are reassured that the inspectors have echoed our self-evaluation and understanding of areas for improvement and we fully accept their findings.

Vision, Road Map and Action Plan

The inspectors determined that a Written Statement of Action (WSoA) or action plan was  required. This was submitted to Ofsted in November and approved on 20 December 2019. 

 

We know that there is a lot to do. Alongside  our WSoA we are developing a system wide improvement programme and in doing so we will work openly, honestly and closely with parents, carers and partners to ensure good provision of services for all children and young people with SEND.

 

 

Managing the Improvement Programme

 

We have set up a brand new programme office to oversee and drive the improvement  and are currently finalising plans and governance structures.

Our improvement vision and road map sets out our how we are going to improve the Dudley area SEND offer to children and young people (up to age 25) and their families.

The partnership who are made up of made up of the council, Dudley CCG, Dudley Parent Carer Forum – Working Together for Change, NHS, health providers, schools, colleges, employers, parents & carers and children and young people have worked together to clearly articulate what as a system Dudley is doing to improve our processes, support and ultimately bring about  better outcomes for children and young people with SEND.

Our road map clearly articulates a single vision, priorities and improvement actions. It also identifies what achievements the partnership have already secured and what they need to do now and in the future.

 We are keen to keep you updated of developments and have committed to issuing regular programme briefing mail outs. 

Further information

SEND Strategy 2019

Programme Updates

Members

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