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Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) Programme Board

NEWS: We are now seeking views on our Local Area SEND Strategy. Read more about it here.

The SEND Programme Board is the group which ensures that the systems and process we operate and the services we commission fit together to provide the best support for children with SEND in North Somerset. It meets once every school term.

It brings together officers from the Local Authority, Health services, Education and the voluntary sector to look at ways in which we can improve things, and how we can work better together. Representatives from groups representing parents and carers are also involved, to ensure we hear their voices and they have a say in how services are designed. In the future, we hope to engage more directly with children and young people too.

The board also looks at a detailed SEND self-evaluation to see how we are doing and where things could improve. This is an important part of preparing for the Joint Local Area Review process operated by OfSTED and The Care Quality Commission.

The SEND Programme Board is not a public meeting - but if you are interested in its work, you may wish to get involved via one of the parent representative groups which are listed on this page. The up-to-date terms of reference for the Board are always available on the Local Offer website. We will also post the minutes of each meeting here as they are prepared.

SEND Programme Board Meetings

Reports and Other Documents

Local Area SEND Management Information & Data Reports

Understanding SEND needs in North Somerset

We plan to publish three reports each year which provide managers and  commissioners with information which indicates how well the local area SEND system is operating, where things are going well, and where we need to improve. The details of what will be contained in each report, along with a link to download the data is below.

Autumn MI report

To be ready for presentation to the Board in November of each year

Contains analysis of:

  • The demographic makeup of North Somerset’s SEND cohorts
  • EHCP activity during the year (updates to be provided in the Winter and Spring reports)
  • Permanent and fixed-period exclusions of students with SEND
  • Note: the report being presented at this meeting contains a section on Future Demand and Provision, which was proposed as part of the Winter report.

Download the Autumn 2019 SEND MI Report

Winter MI report
 
To be ready for presentation to the Board in March of each year

Contains analysis of:

  • Destinations of young adults with SEND at KS4 and KS5
  • SCAMP activity during the year (updates to be provided in the Autumn and Spring reports)
  • CAMHS activity during the year (updates to be provided in the Autumn and Spring reports)
  • Children in Need (CiN) with disabilities
  • Future demand and capacity of services
  • Local Offer website usage

 
Spring MI report
 
To be ready for presentation to the Board in July of each year
Contains analysis of:

  • Educational attainment of CYP with SEND
  • Demographics and attainment of Children Looked After (CLA) with SEND
  • Per-child costs of local area services
  • Annual results of EHCP tribunals
  • EHCP requests to health services
  • Absence rates of students with SEND (updates to be provided in the Autumn and Winter reports)
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