SEND and Inclusion Strategy Consultation

Closed 21 Dec 2018

Opened 12 Nov 2018

Feedback Updated 29 Apr 2019

We Asked

In November 2018 we asked for comments on the SEND & Inclusion Strategy and in particular on the:

  • Vision statement
  • Priorities
  • Measures for success

You Said

In total 274 responses to the survey were received, of which 145 were parents, 88 were staff and 41 were any other type of respondent. 88 young people responded to the learner’s survey. A full quantitative and qualitative analysis was carried out. 

The majority of respondents agreed with the proposed vision and priorities, with over 70% agreeing or strongly agreeing. However, the qualitative comments revealed a disconnect between the vision and the current experience with many commenting on either a poor experience or that they were pessimistic about change without additional resources. Comments were also made on a range of other matters including gaps in services, support and provision, clarification of terms, and workforce skills.

Over 50% of respondents agreed with the measures for success, however many asked for a shorter number of measures and clarity on how these linked to key activities.

We Did

The consultation analysis was considered by a workshop of head teachers, a workshop with the Parent Carer Forum and five workstream stakeholder meetings with representatives of education, schools, health, social care and parents/carers. The strategy document was revised following these workshops and meetings.

The vision statement was revised and made more aspirational and positive.

The priorities were agreed. In order to address the disconnect, and ensure that the strategy is honest about the current position, a number of quotations were added from the consultation responses highlighting challenges and opportunities.

The headline activities of the delivery plan, addressing concerns raised, were also included in the revised strategy document.

Further to this, some of the language has been changed and terms clarified.

The measures for success section was revised to show the golden thread of priorities, to key activities, to measures for success. 

The report on feedback and the final draft of the Send and Incluson Strategy  2019-2023 considered and approved by Warwickshire County Council Cabinet can be viewed by clicking on this link.

Results Updated 25 Apr 2019

Feedback was analysed and a report and final strategy submitted to Cabinet on 11th April 2019.

It was resolved that Cabinet approved the Warwickshire SEND and Inclusion Strategy 2019-2023.

The report considered by Cabinet can be viewed using the link below. This includes a report on the consultation feedback. The minutes of the meeting are also available via a link below.

Links:

Overview

It is time to update the Warwickshire County Council Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) & Inclusion Strategy so that it reflects current challenges.

An overarching vision for education in Warwickshire has recently been set out in the Education Strategy, approved by the Council. The SEND & Inclusion Strategy will have one uniting and overarching purpose: to improve educational outcomes, and thus the life chances, of learners with SEND in Warwickshire. 

The aim of this strategy is to turn high aspirations for our learners with SEND into a reality. All children and young people grow up to become adults and need to be equipped to live in a diverse and challenging society. Whatever their ability, they need to have the opportunity of employment, to be able to take part in their local community, to assess and take appropriate risks, and to live as independently as possible. Within the SEND & Inclusion Strategy there is a particular challenge to schools and academies in Warwickshire to ensure that they are promoting inclusive practice for learners with SEND, demonstrating their ‘best endeavours’ and meeting the needs of all learners.

This draft SEND & Inclusion Strategy is informed by the work of an external SEND Demand Management Strategic Review and the SEND & Inclusion Board consisting of key strategic partners across education, health, social care schools and the Parent Carers Forum. This will be the Delivery Board for the identified priorities. The SEND and Inclusion Strategy also supports the overarching priorities of the Warwickshire Education Strategy - for more information on this please see the link below.

Why We Are Consulting

The Vulnerable Learners Strategy was subject to public consultation in 2015. This consultation will inform the final decision about the vision and key targets for the new SEND & Inclusion Strategy 2018 – 2023. 

The Public Information Document below provides further background information and detail.

How to take part 

Anyone who is interested can comment on the draft strategy. Responses are invited from a range of partners and stakeholders to include parents and learners, Warwickshire County Council colleagues, health and social care professionals, schools, colleges, early years providers and parent and carer groups.

  • The main way to feedback is using the online questionnaire below. This questionnaire is anonymous and does not ask for any personal information.
  • There is also an online questionnaire for young people to complete to share their experiences with us (please see the link at the bottom of this page).
  • If you require a paper copy of the questionnaire or an alternative format please contact us by phone or Email.
  • If you would like to respond to this consultation in writing you can Email educationstrategy@warwickshire.gov.uk or send your written response to Warwickshire SEND & Inclusion Strategy, Education and Learning Saltisford Office Park Ansell Way Warwick CV34 4UL.
  • You can also attend one of the drop-in events detailed below.

What will happen after the consultation?

Following the consultation all feedback will be analysed and will inform the final decision about the vision and key targets for the new SEND & Inclusion Strategy 2019 – 2023.

Once approved, the new SEND & Inclusion Strategy will be in place for 1st April 2019.

What Happens Next

This consultation has now closed. Thank you to everyone who took the time to take part. All feedback will be analysed and will inform the final decision about the vision and key targets for the new SEND & Inclusion Strategy 2019 – 2023.

Once approved, the new SEND & Inclusion Strategy will be in place for 1st April 2019.

Events

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • Service users (current or previous)
  • Parents
  • Young people
  • People with disabilities
  • Teachers
  • Community Groups
  • Partners
  • Providers
  • Specialist staff
  • Commissioners
  • Professionals and professional bodies
  • Elected members

Interests

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Mental health
  • Schools and learning
  • Children and families
  • Early help
  • Young people