It’s been a busy time for Transforming SEND. The programme aims to deliver services faster and more effectively as well as meet the needs of more families in Hertfordshire. Read what's been happening within the 3 priority areas:
Local Delivery Networks
- The Specialist Provision Working Group – set up by Hertfordshire County Council to help plan and improve how specialist provision can cater for the future needs of children and young people with complex SEND- has been busy focusing on plans to use funding from our SEND Capital Programme to deliver additional school places for the next academic year.
- Potential sponsors for the new free special school for 60 secondary age pupils with very complex needs submitted their bids at the end of September. These will be evaluated by the Department for Education, Hertfordshire County Council and the Herts Parent Carer Involvement (HPCI) with the successful bidder to be announced early 2020.
- Many schools and parents contributed over the summer to the review of Hertfordshire’s Exceptional Needs Funding which looks at current arrangements for schools and settings to access top-up funding for children and young people with complex needs.
- We’ve been exploring ways to better coordinate services locally across social care, education and health. After the October half-term, we’ll be testing some of our ideas in the Stevenage area in particular.
- We’re developing more specialist provision across county in mainstream schools for social and communication needs and will be sharing more about this during the next few weeks.
- After a period of ‘discovery’ - talking to parents, families, and SEND professionals, visiting settings such as mainstream and special schools, family centres and colleges, and working closely with the SEND Online Feedback Group- we're now taking everything we have learnt to co-produce a brilliant new Local Offer website and improve our digital SEND services.
- We’ve been working closely with parents and representatives of HPCI to re-write all the information on the website, making sure our content is up to date, useful and accurate.
- We’re now starting to plan for the launch of our new website in January 2020.
- The SEND Online Feedback Group which now has over 200 members continues to help us with tests, tasks and surveys. We’ve had excellent response rates and continue to gather vital information about our users.
Preparing for Adulthood
- We're looking to improve access to independent living, employment and training opportunities for young people with SEND so that more young people are able to achieve their ambitions within their local community.
- During the summer, nearly 150 parents, professionals and young people attended a series of focus groups helping us to establish our approach in this workstream and we’ll be consulting more widely during the autumn on our plans in this area.