A SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) Reform Grant of £545,000 has been allocated to Enfield from the Department for Education (DfE) for 2014/15. While the grant is not ring fenced it is proposed by the DfE that it is used to help Local Authorities to implement the wide-ranging Reforms which will become a statutory requirement from September 2014.
The SEND reforms, which are part of the Children and Families Act, are the biggest change to the SEN system for some 30 years. The system is to be radically reformed which requires a cultural change, not only for Local Authorities (Education and Social Care), but also for Health, Schools and the Voluntary and Community Sector. The aim is to put children, young people and their families at the heart of ‘the system’. The reforms require the Local Authority and its partners to work in a “person centred” way. Implementation will necessitate an extensive training programme. Main changes include replacing Statements of Special Educational Needs with a new statutory Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), the provision of a Local Offer, a new SEN Code of Practice and the introduction of personal budgets.
The SEND Grant can be used to build capacity and facilitate learning whilst the new systems and processes are embedded. Education, Health and Care Plans require a fully coordinated and integrated approach. This is an opportunity to ensure that IT systems and structures are able to share information and data and are fit for purpose. The Grant will provide an opportunity to pilot the new system in schools, and provide a comprehensive training package for those affected by the reforms.
Decision type: Key
Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000;
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Wards affected: (All Wards);
Notice of proposed decision first published: 17/03/2014
Decision due: 15 Apr 2014 by Cabinet Member for Children's Services
Contact: Janet Leach, Head of Service - Joint Service for Disabled Children Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 020 8379 1316.
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