Local SEND Improvement
In Buckinghamshire, we are ambitious to improve the support we provide to children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their families.
Following the SEND Code of Practice (2014), we recognised the importance of developing a co-produced SEND and Inclusion Strategy. The SEND Improvement Plan therefore identifies how we will hold the local area accountable against the strategy and the outcomes young people identified as being important to them.
Shout Out for SEND Conference
The SEND Improvement Team run an annual 'Shout Out for SEND' Conference in the autumn term to ensure we're listening to young people with SEND.
The feedback from young people at the conference helps us to develop our services, policies and strategies so they can reach their full potential and access and participate in all walks of life.
SEND and Inclusion Strategy
The SEND and Inclusion Strategy reflects our high aspirations, setting out our key priorities and the steps we are taking to achieve our goals across the local area.
The Strategy has been co-produced from the outset with key stakeholders including schools, young people and parent representatives from Families and Carers Together (FACT) Bucks and the Voluntary Community Sector (VCS).
SEND Improvement Plan
The SEND Improvement Plan has been developed to drive improvement and change, ensuring our strategy is achieved.
The ambitions are wide-reaching, with eight key priorities.
Achieving our aims and objectives
The SEND Integrated Services Board oversees the delivery of the SEND and Inclusion Strategy and SEND Improvement Plan. Part of their role is to drive change and improvement, ensuring we achieve the aspirations set out.
In addition, the SEND Improvement group will oversee the SEND Improvement Plan, monitoring progress against the actions in the Plan and ensuring they are delivered.
FACT Bucks are a vital partner in influencing our improvement journey with children and young people in Buckinghamshire with SEND.
Specialist teaching consultation
The Specialist Teaching consultation closed on 9 January 2022.
All the responses are captured in the Consultation Outcome Report.
Given the mixed response to the proposal, we'll be delaying any changes until September 2023.
This delay will enable us to further consider the proposal in light of the feedback received. This will ensure we can be confident that any changes meet the needs of children and families.
The new approach will be communicated to families once this work is completed and decisions have been taken. It is anticipated this will be in Autumn 2022.
You said, we did
Every quarter we invite our Shout Out for SEND Reps to feedback to our Integrated SEND Services Board surrounding an area of improvement.
Our You Said, We did videos demonstrate how young people can see our progress based on their views.