News, updates and feedback (SEND Local Offer)

Find the latest updates about services for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

If you want to sign up to receive updates about SEND services and invites to future events please email localoffer@worcestershire.gov.uk.

County Council supported National Co-Production Week - July 2019

From July 1-5, we promoted and supported National Co-production Week.

Co-production Week celebrates the benefits of working with people, families and carers who use our services to design and develop better public services.

Staff from the Council's SEND services, as well as colleagues from the Worcestershire CCGs and Families in Partnership (FIP), all joined the stall in the County Hall reception.

As part of the week they asked staff and visitors to make a pledge about how they can use co-production in their work. They challenged people to say where they sit on the Participation Ladder to highlight the different levels of participation.

During the week, Worcestershire County Council's Chief Executive Paul Robinson was one of the supporters who stopped by and made his own pledge.

Watch this video to find out more about how co-production benefits:

The Department for Education (DfE) customer satisfaction survey of SENDIASS services - July 2019

The DfE has commissioned the National Children’s Bureau’s research team to carry out a customer satisfaction survey of the SENDIASS service over the summer. It will collect basic customer satisfaction information covering the last 12 months.

Respondents are asked to provide information on their location, but this will be used solely to assess the geographic representativeness of responses, not to assess the quality of individual services. This is a trial of a nationally administered, independent approach to gathering feedback. 

Complete the DfE customer satisfaction survey (opens in a new window)

One year into the improvement plan for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities - July 2019

In August last year, Worcestershire County Council and partners launched a Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Improvement Plan that was developed with parents, carers, education providers and health colleagues.

It followed the Local Area SEND inspection by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission in March 2018 which looked at how effectively provision in Worcestershire improves outcomes for children with SEND. Read the full improvement plan news article

Questionnaire for education providers - Local Area Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Self Evaluation Framework

Worcestershire local area is currently updating the Special Educational Needs and Disability Self Evaluation Framework (SEND SEF). The SEND SEF will be used to update the SEND strategy in the autumn term. It is key to the ownership and success of this new strategy that we capture the views of as wide a range of stakeholders as possible.

As part of this process we are asking educational settings to share their views about the strengths of the local area and where we still need to develop. The local area includes education and social care across the Local Authority, Early Years settings, schools and further education providers as well as health across Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), public health and NHS England.

The questions relate to:

1) The key areas of SEND inspected by Ofsted/ CQC; and

2) The key areas for development identified by Ofsted/ CQC in their inspection of Worcestershire Local Area in March 2018.

All feedback is greatly appreciated, the closing date for responses is Friday 2 August 2019.

Complete a SEND self-evaluation 2019 questionnaire for educational settings

If you require any further information or would like the questionnaire in an alternative format please email CFCTransformationTeam@worcestershire.gov.uk

Consultation on the draft Graduated Response within Worcestershire - June 2019

We recently asked SEND professionals, parent / carers and young people to provide feedback on the draft new Graduated Response guidance document. The consultation closed on 1 March 2019. Since then the Local Area has been working to respond to the consultation feedback and further improve the guidance. For more information visit the Consultation on the draft Graduated Response within Worcestershire page.

Special Provision Capital Fund - May 2019

Local Authorities must ensure there are sufficient good school places for all pupils, including those with SEN and disabilities. The Government has now committed a total allocation of £1,843,105 (LA’s original allocation - £1,085,665, plus top ups announced in May 2018 - £252,480 and December 2018 - £504,960) of capital funding between 2018 to 2021 to help Worcestershire create new school places and improve existing facilities for children and young people with SEN and disabilities, in consultation with parents and providers. The capital is not ring-fenced and local authorities can use it to improve special provision for education, health and care (EHC) plans. The funding can be invested in mainstream schools and academies, special units, special schools and academies, early years settings, further education colleges or to make other provision for children and young people aged from 0 to 25. Further information can be found on the DfE website (link opens in a new window).

The DfE require Worcestershire County Council to update and re-publish their short plan template on how the capital will be allocated to access their share of the additional funding. The plan should set out as much as they know at that point about how they intend to use their share / the options under consideration, and any further consultation they have done or intend to do.

Download: Special Provision Capital Fund Plan

Download: Special Provision Capital Spreadsheet

For further information in relation to increases in pupil numbers at special schools, please refer to Education Reviews and Consultations

NHS Long Term Plan - January 2019

The NHS has written a plan so it can be fit for the future. It's based on the experiences of patients and staff and sets out what will happen over the next 10 years. As well as lots of other things, the NHS would like to make sure everyone has the best start in life by increasing funding for children and young people’s mental health, bringing down waiting times for autism assessments and providing the right care for children with a learning disability. Find out more about the NHS Long Term Plan (link opens in a new window)

Autism Act - have your say - January 2019

2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the Autism Act in England and National Autistic Society is working to find out more about the state of care and support for autistic children and adults across the UK. The Autism Act says the Government has to review its autism policy from time to time. This is happening this year, so National Autistic Society want as many autistic people and families to engage in this survey to help us tell Government what needs to change: Help us make 2019 a big year for autism (24 January 2019) - National Autistic Society (link opens in a new window)

SEND Information Roadshows - November 2018

During November 2018 there were a series of information sessions for parent carers of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND).

These information sessions were a joint venture between Worcestershire County Council, Families in Partnership (Worcestershire's parent carer forum) and the SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS). They were designed to give an overview of the SEND Local Offer, SEND services, the Graduated Approach (what support schools should be providing), who Families in Partnership are and how you can join, and also details about how the SENDIASS service can help.

As promised we are sharing the presentation we used during the sessions.

Download: SEND Roadshow Presentation November 2018

All the events included a Question and Answer session and, as we said at the time, we took note of the questions asked and are preparing a Frequently Asked Questions document, which will appear here soon.

We believe that if you were asking questions about things, then there are probably others out there with the same queries. We couldn't answer some of the questions at the time, and therefore we are seeking responses and these will be included in the document.

Chris, Michele and Sally would like to thank everyone who attended across the county and hope you found the information useful.

High Needs Commissioning Review (HNCR) - September 2018

In September 2016 Worcestershire County Council (WCC) began a High Needs' Commissioning Review (HNCR) to assess the processes and the suitability of provision in place for those Children and Young People (CYP) with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). The review was both internal and external in focus, and incorporated significant work on joint commissioning between Education, Early Help, Social Care and Community Health. This joint High Needs' Plan is the culmination of work across the Children, Families and Communities Directorate, led by Education and Skills, on how to best meet the joint needs for CYP in Worcestershire.

Download: High Needs Commissioning Review Plan

If you find that any of the information on these pages is incorrect or links don't work, please let us know by emailing: localoffer@worcestershire.gov.uk