Support for children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN)

What we're doing

Kirklees Council has to look at and review the way we support children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) in early years’ settings, schools and colleges. This will help us plan how we will do this in the future. If you would like to be involved, please complete the online survey.

When we're doing it?

Between 04-Sep-2017 and 15-Dec-2017

We will be

  • Asking for information


  • Education and learning

Where's it happening?

Across the whole of Kirklees:

More information on what we're doing

We want to make sure that children and young people get the support they require to meet their special educational needs. To help us with this, we are asking a range of people for their views about the support we currently provide in early years settings, schools and colleges for children and young people with SEN. The information will help us write a plan to show how we will support learning for children and young people with SEN in the future. The plan will be published by 31 March 2018.

What happened?

Responses from the non-statutory consultation reflected a number of key issues, particularly in relation to the growing numbers of children and young people with SEND and increasing levels of complexity of need, particularly around social, emotional and mental health needs and complex communication and interaction needs. A Visioning event was held with schools, key partners and providers to discuss key themes emerging from the review and to plan how we can better meet need across the system to support our children and young people with special educational needs locally.

A High Needs Strategy will be produced, with a supporting action plan to demonstrate how improvements will be implemented.

What difference did the work make?

The High Needs Review shows pressures on specific areas of Special Educational Need. It also noted an overall increase in the complexity of need of children and young people across all types of SEND. The capital funding available from the Department for Education will support the improvements needed. Further work is being undertaken to ensure the maximum benefit is extracted from this specialist provision capital funding alongside other funding streams and opportunities.

Findings from the data, non-statutory consultations and inspections of school’s premises will inform the SEND High Needs Strategic Plan and supporting action plan to demonstrate how proposals will be implemented.

Methods of involvement

MethodHowHow many peopleStartEnd
Face to facePublic Consultation EventsUnknown24-11-201712-12-2017
OtherBriefing SessionsUnknown04-09-201715-12-2017
Paper copySurveyUnknown10-10-201715-12-2017

Contact details

Alison O'Neill
01484 221000

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