Countdown to SEND Reform


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Countdown to SEND Reform

  1. 1. “COUNTDOWN TO REFORM” ACDS CONFERENCE 19th November 2013 Jeannette Essex, Solihull Champion Pathfinder Lead Chair WM SEN Strategic Leads Group
  2. 2. Aims of this Session  To identify the key statutory changes that LAs and Partners must deliver by 1st September 2014 including:  Integrated Assessments and Education Health and Care Plans  Personal Budgets  Local Offer  Clarify the external support and resources available to LAs regionally and nationally and the work of the West Midlands Champion Change Programme  Share lessons learned through Pathfinder and West Midlands regional activity, with the aim of supporting rapid progress through roll-out  Next steps - identify and agree opportunities for collaboration Discussion
  3. 3. West Midlands Champion Pathfinder The Regional Strategy
  4. 4. Championship Team West Midlands  Birmingham: Chris Atkinson  Coventry: Roger Lickfold/Marian Simpson  Dudley: Huw Powell/Sharon Hearne  Herefordshire: Ed Edwards/Les Knight  Sandwell: Pat Evans/Nurinder Shergill  Solihull: Jeannette Essex  Shropshire: Janice Stackhouse  Staffordshire: Lynda Mitchell/Francis Morgan  Stoke: Geoff Catterall/Brian Hepburn     Telford & Wrekin: Karen Levell Walsall: Karen Grandison Warwickshire: Jayne Mumford Wolverhampton: Viv Griffin/Sandy Lisle  Worcestershire: Peter Harwood
  5. 5. Resources • Regional pot £50k • Each non-pathfinder LA has a grant of £75k In addition allocated support from: • National Parent Partnership Network • Early Support – school cluster meetings and key worker training • Preparing for Adulthood (transition) – named adviser • National Parent Network – named adviser • And many more grant holders …… • Champion Pathfinder activity.
  6. 6. Regional Activity • Governance – IEWM and ACDS (Sally Taylor) • WM Strategic Lead planning meetings (6 weekly) – – – – – – – – Regional Launch – Conference (190) Parent Partnership workshop (60) Funding conference – follow up networks (60) Series of individual LA support and advisory visits (4 visits) ISP/FE workshops (2 workshops) Short Breaks workshop (12) WM Chairs of Headteacher Groups (8) SENCO Conference, Worcester University (180)
  7. 7. Regional Activity Planned November/December: • Lead Members briefing session (January) • Personal Budgets (7th February) • Conflict resolution group – commissioning of West Midlands mediation services • Further support visits scheduled • Shadowing visits scheduled • Is there anything that you would want to see?
  8. 8. Timeline for implementation of SEN reforms 2013-14 Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr Bill gets Royal Assent National 2015-16  2014-15 May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar 15-16 16-17 17-18 Regulations laid Code of Practice published Pathfinder Champions Pathfinder Champions Council for Disabled Children (CDC) Strategic Reform Partner Local Strategic planning Increasing local awareness Achieving clarity about package of reforms and implications for service delivery Lead for SEN reform in post Reviewing success for reforms locally and agreeing improvements Preparing for implementation • Service delivery Local offer published EHC Plans for new entrants Personal budgets available Developing plans for joint commissioning • Developing local offer and involving users • Developing processes for assessment, planning and EHC Plans • Identifying services which could be provided through personal budgets • Planning provision of local information, advice and support (with users) • Reviewing and developing local mediation and disagreement resolution arrangements • All LDAs moved to EHC Plans All statements moved to EHC Plans Joint commissioning underway locally – needs assessment, planning, market development, collaboration with families • Regular review of local offer, and awareness raising of local offer • Annual reviews of EHC Plans. Transition statements / LDA to EHC plans starts • Increased offer of personal budgets • Regular review of information, advice and support available to families • Mediation and disagreement resolution arrangements in place (included in local offer) Implementation of reforms starts
  9. 9. The Draft SEN Code of Practice An Overview
  10. 10. What the Code is  Statutory guidance on duties, policies and procedures relating to Part 3 of the Children and Families Bill and associated regulations.  Provides practical advice on how to carry out statutory duties to identify, assess and make provision for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN).
  11. 11. Who must have regard to the Code? • LAs (education, social care and relevant housing and employment and other services) • Early years providers • Schools • FE colleges • Sixth form colleges • Academies/ free schools • SEND Tribunal • Independent special schools and independent specialist providers • Pupil referral units and alternative providers • NHS England • Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) • NHS trusts • NHS Foundation Trusts • Local Health Boards
  12. 12. Structure – 9 Chapters 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Introduction Summary A Family Centred System Working Together Across Education, Health and Care The Local Offer Early Years, Schools, Colleges and Other Education and Training Providers 7. Assessments and Education, Health and Care Plans 8. Children and Young People in Specific Circumstances 9. Resolving Disputes
  13. 13. Chapter 1 - Introduction     The duty to “pay regard” to the code Transition arrangements (are these deliverable?) Definitions of special educational needs (SEN) Related legislation and guidance
  14. 14. Chapter 2 - Summary The Principles underpinning the Code  The involvement of children, parents and young people in decision making;  The identification of children and young people‟s needs;  Collaboration between education, health and social care services to provide support;  High quality provision to meet the needs of children and young people with SEN;  Greater choice and control for young people and parents over their support;  Successful preparation for adulthood, including independent living and employment.
  15. 15. Chapter 3 – A Family Centred System Focus on:  Involving children, parents and young people in decision making  The views of children and young people  Supporting young people and their parents  Impartial Information, Advice and Support  Parent Carer Forums  (Culture change – resource implications?)
  16. 16. Chapter 4 - Working Together Across Education, Health and Care          Working together for positive outcomes Joint commissioning arrangements Roles and Responsibilities Designated Health Officer Developing a Joint Understanding of Local Needs Joint Planning and Delivery Regional Collaboration The health commissioning duty Joint Review/ Improving Provision
  17. 17. Chapter 5 - The Local Offer  Principles – Collaborative; Accessible; Comprehensive; Transparent  What must be included in the local offer  Publishing the local offer  Preparing and reviewing the local offer
  18. 18. Chapter 6 - Early Years, Schools, Colleges and Other Education and Training Providers  High expectations for children and young people with SEN;  Support for children and young people with SEN;  The four areas of SEN;  SEN Support in: Early Years; Schools; Further Education  Funding for SEN Support  Admissions and Inclusion  External Support in Educational Settings
  19. 19. Chapter 7 - Assessments and Education, Health and Care Plans         The need for an EHC assessment Co-ordinated assessment, planning and timescales EHC assessment and planning process Advice and information for EHC assessments Writing the EHC Plan Requests for a school, college or other institution Requesting a personal budget Reviewing an EHC Plan
  20. 20. Chapter 8 - Children and Young People in Specific Circumstances         Looked after children Care leavers SEN and social care needs, including children in need Children and young people educated out of area Children and young people with SEN educated at home Children with SEN in alternative provision Young offenders in custody Children of service personnel
  21. 21. Chapter 9 - Resolving Disputes        Principles Early resolution of disagreements Disagreement resolution arrangements Mediation Parent and young people‟s rights to appeal to Tribunal Disability discrimination claims Complaints about NHS or social care provision
  22. 22. EHCP – aka The Single Plan
  23. 23. Principles • • • • • • Person centred Outcome focused Co-produced Extending choice and control Some local determination - portability Cross-agency co-operation (duty to cooperate) • Joint commissioning
  24. 24. Where we are  Referral to final – 16 weeks  Families at the centre of the process  Gathering information – family conversation  Key worker - includes SENCO  Referral is front loaded
  25. 25. Where we are • Medicals – questionnaire system (for Statements too) • Triage system – allocate Plan Co-ordinator • Direct communications with the family ongoing (how would you like us to communicate with you?) • Assessment for purpose • Single plan incorporates personal budget • Plans written in collaboration with family • Exemplar „Ivor Goodplan‟
  26. 26. Where we are • Offer of am EHC Plan to all new entrants to system (gone live) • Examples of young people writing their own plans for FE • Challenges in securing health provisions on-going • CCG transferred some key commissioning roles to the LA, which may help • Short breaks contract ended – supports choice and control through direct payment • Plans and commissioning are linked • SENDirect Pilot with Coventry
  27. 27. Where we are • 50 completed plans in system • Schools are keen to refer for EHC rather than Statement • Families prefer the plan and pressure to convert • Skill set different – structure will change • Plan co-ordinator‟s role is broader – so need to have reduced casework • Outward facing – champions for children • Provision co-ordination - separate role
  28. 28. Where we are • Now live – full impact in September • Significant training implications • Hard to re-frame relationships and not tell families what they need! • Raises expectations need to be managed • Social care colleagues very responsive • Education only plans – specificity „rattling‟ some schools
  29. 29. Where we are • Reviews – principle of „working plan‟ sitting alongside statutory plan, so review is on-going. Amendments formally considered at least once a year, but no bureaucratic reviews necessary • Do not under-estimate the necessary culture change - this is the fundamental radical change! It’s the subtleties that make the difference • System is person centred, child and family focused – how do you achieve that culture change in less than 41 weeks? - (32 school weeks)
  30. 30. Summary • Target most severe and complex needs • Child and family focused • Key working principles – SENCOs may be best placed to conduct a „family conversation‟ • With and for – not to, it‟s all about relationships • Schools are responsible for funding the first £6k of provision
  31. 31. Bringing it all Together: The Local Offer
  32. 32. Starting point: Key questions • What do parents, carers and young people want to see in the Local Offer? – Co-production • What provision should a school or college be expected to provide from within their notional „SEN‟ budget? • What services do other providers and agencies offer? • How are these services accessed and how do you feedback/complain?
  33. 33. The Local Offer? • What provision should a school or college be expected to provide from within their notional „SEN‟ budget? • What are the characteristics of a „high needs‟ pupil/student that defines them as requiring „external‟ provision? • On-going network meetings – schools want a „template‟
  34. 34. Starting with: Education Provider Communication Networks
  35. 35. Context Provision – Solihull has:  12 Infant schools  11 Junior schools  38 Primary schools  3 Secondary schools  12 Academies  5 Special Schools  4 Pupil Referral Units  8 mainstream ARCs = 85 Heads/Principals 2 Colleges and circa 5 ISPS
  36. 36. Launch Sept 12 • 180 attendees included: – – – – – Heads Governors SENCOs Pupils Parents – – – – – – Officers Colleges Elected Members Health reps Social Care reps DfE
  37. 37. Influencers – identify SEND Champions  SEN Workgroup, 30 members fully engaged - includes 3 Secondary Heads, Primary Heads and Governors  Post 16 Pathfinder Group – workshop based  SENCO Networks: co-design process Local Offer standing agenda item Co-produced by parent carers, young people and professionals
  38. 38. Progress so far  Statement of Responsibilities, co-produced with schools and published  PPS and Signpost Inclusion working with parents to advise ongoing LO content  SENCOs designing common template for schools facilitated by the LA  SEIS (school improvement service), Learning Support Service and EP Service are advising providers  Health are updating websites  Children and adult social care information being pulled in  Portal linking together what exists through FIS
  39. 39. Continuum of Assessment Schools continually assess pupil‟s progress and needs and involve parents in discussions about their child‟s progress. In deciding on the level of need reference should be made to the criteria for assessing additional and high level needs. Schools are funded for providing for all children and young people within the first two categories. The schools delegated funding provides for additional need up to £6000. Universal - All children and young people Additional Need Children and young people with additional needs but without an education, health and care plan Complex/ High Level - Children and young people with additional needs with an education, health and care plan
  40. 40. Engaging Education Providers and Parents Step 1. Co-production of a minimum standard settings/schools and colleges - using school funding reforms as a lever Step 2. Communication strategy – all stakeholders Step 3. Project manager linked to FIS Step 4. Parent support groups and Parent Partnerships  on-going consultation, feedback, co-development
  41. 41. Any questions? For discussion: • How can regional collaboration support rapid progress in delivering this agenda? • Next steps?
  42. 42. Keeping in Touch • Email: • • Solihull SEND Local Offer: m • Email your regional strategic lead • Champion Website under construction