The Council has a duty (under the Education Act 1996) to ensure there are sufficient school places to accommodate the children and young people who reside in the county and to ensure these places are of good quality with sufficient capacity to promote parental choice and diversity. Section 14 of the Education Act 1996 places a duty on Local Authorities to secure educational provision is made for pupils aged 16 – 18 and over 19 years, and those with special educational needs. Section 315 requires LAs to keep their arrangements for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) provision under review.
Worcestershire County Council has a policy on Education Inclusion which was approved by Cabinet in 2010. The policy informs the practice and standards for all Worcestershire County Council employees and those in education settings for which the county council has a responsibility or that it commissions and against monitoring by the Local Authority (LA) will take place.
The 2017 High Needs Commissioning Review (HNCR) and SEND Sufficiency Report detailed a need for more special school places in Worcestershire. Find the latest updates about services for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) including The Local Offer, SEND Inspection and High Needs Commissioning Review please refer to The Local Offer News and Updates
Worcestershire County Council are proposing to increase pupil numbers at several special schools in September 2018 and September 2019 – for further information please refer to Education Reviews and Consultations