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Winter 2019 News: Improvements to SEND Reform

Winter 2019 News: Improvements to SEND Reform

As some of you may know, in the last year the Education Select Committee has been running an inquiry into the state of special educations needs in England. The committee has looked at over 700 pieces of submitted evidence from Ministers, LA personnel, other professionals, parent carers as well as children and young people with SEND. 

You can read the full Education Select Committee report by clicking the following link:
https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/education-committee/news-parliament-2017/send-report-published-19-20/

The Northants Parent Forum is pleased to see that the report reflects many of the key themes that we have heard from our membership and we contributed to address our concern via the National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF) who provided evidence.

You can see the NNPCF evidence by clicking the link below:
http://www.nnpcf.org.uk/december-2018-educational-select-committee/

The following areas were flagged up:

  • Adequate funding for SEND services
  • Greater accountability across the system
  • The Low prioritisation of SEND across Health and Social Care was raised as a concern
  • Incentives across the system are not aligned to be inclusive
  • A greater voice for families

Winter 2019 News: Improvements to SEND Reform

We are pleased all of these themes are reflected in the report and parent carer forums and individual stories are referenced in the report.

The Northants Parent Forum Group has met with Gwyn Botterill, Strategic Lead for SEND for NCC and have identified local areas of improvement:

  • Early interventions based on need rather than diagnosis
  • Inclusion in mainstream schools
  • Exclusions of pupils with SEND
  • Quality of EHCPs including measurable and meaningful outcomes
  • Pathways to Adulthood
  • Post 16 provision gap

Moving forward we are planning four “Solution Focussed Events” across Northamptonshire in the New Year, where parent carers and professionals come together to co-produce service improvements relating to the above topics. 

The details for the events are still being finalized but here are some dates for the diary:

  • Wednesday, 26th February 2020 - 10:00h-14:00h - Kettering, venue tba
  • Wednesday, 4th March 2020 - 10:00h-14:00h - Wellingborough, venue tba
  • Tuesday, 10th March 2020 - 10:00h-14:00h - Towcester, venue tba
  • Tuesday, 17th March 2020 - 10:00h-14:00h - Northampton, venue tba

    Final details will be shared in the January edition of our e-bulletin and via our Facebook page - watch this space!

We close by thanking you for your feedback and engagement in 2019 and by wishing you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas and all the very best for 2020!

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