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) detailed a need for more special school places in Worcestershire. Worcestershire Children First are currently seeking to identify and implement several measures to respond to the findings of the report and ensure a sufficiency of SEND places in Worcestershire. The SEND Sufficiency Report 2020 sets out the current demographics of SEND 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