Services for children and young people in Northamptonshire (aged 0-25) with special educational needs and disabilities.

20:20 Vision for SEND in Northamptonshire

The vision for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)  in Northamptonshire and the plan for future development.

SEND Strategy

The SEND strategy was developed from the series of 20:20 events in Spring 2017 and approved by the Local Authority in November 2017:

The four main priorities are:

  • to ensure that every child and young person with SEND makes excellent progress, through access to high quality provision
  • to engage with children, young people and their families to promote early identification and support that meets need
  • to develop smooth progression to adulthood for all young people with SEND
  • to improve the quality and timeliness of multi-agency assessments and quality of plans for those who require specialist levels of support

Active involvement in the action plan that will address each priority in depth is still needed. Please participate whenever you are invited to, or contact to find out how you can.

SEND Delivery Plan 2018 to 2020

Following the publication of Northamptonshire’s SEND Strategy for children and young people (0 to 25 years) with Special Educational Needs and Disability, in February 2018 , the SEND Delivery Plan was published.

This is a high level working document, the identified lead professionals will be producing individual action plans to detail timelines, actions and involvement of all partners including young people and families. The plan covers the four priorities identified in the SEND strategy and links to other developments that connects to Special Educational Needs and Disability developments.

The delivery of the key priorities will be underpinned by the following principles:

  • Collective Responsibility
    We need a fair system where everyone plays their part to solve even the most complex of problems.

  • Early Support and Intervention
    Early help and support through a high quality, graduated response to prevent difficulties becoming entrenched.

  • Inclusion
    The majority of children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities will attend mainstream settings with support from specialist providers.

  • Appropriately Trained Workforce
    The workforce across services is confident and competent to identify and meet the needs of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

  • Localisation
    Children and young people should be educated as close to their home as possible to support meaningful engagement in their community.

  • Personalisation
    A personalised approach leading to greater choice and control for families, valuing unique circumstances.

  • Co-production
    Parents and carers know their children and families the best. Parents and young people are active participants in decision making and help to develop and shape services.

  • Partnership
    Integration, joint commissioning and co-ordination of approaches to deliver better outcomes for children and young people with SEND.

  • Culture Change
    We need to think in different ways, create alternative methods for delivery and develop more flexible approaches working with children, young people and their families to find the right support for them.

The record of the 20:20 Vision Events of 2017 is still available and the all films can be viewed by searching the Local Offer YouTube channel.

Capital Funding

Department for Education Capital Funding to support children who have Education Health and Care Plans March 2018

Northamptonshire has been allocated over £2 million (£2,821,743) of capital funding by the Department for Education (DfE)to help children and young people with education, health and care plans to get a high quality education. This funding can be used in mainstream schools, including academies, free schools, special units, special schools, early years’ settings, further education colleges or other provision for children and young people aged from 0 - 25.

As well as the DfE funding, Northamptonshire County Council have current capital funding projects of £4,823,764 to meet key priorities.

The Authority has been building on the 20:20 consultation events held last year to ask parent and carers, schools, settings and others how this funding allocation should be used. The Northamptonshire SEND Strategy and Delivery Plan provides information on the priorities for the county which have been driven by the feedback from young people, families and other stakeholders. This capital funding will support some of these priorities.

Key areas identified from consultation are:

  • Identification of the needs of our children sooner and put support in place for them earlier
  • Work to increase opportunities for children and young people to get their education in mainstream schools so that more children and young people remain closer to home
  • Strengthen and improve the opportunities available (post 16)  for young people to move into employment and to live fulfilling, independent lives
  • Review and revise the pathways to assessments so they are transparent and clear, this includes the Education Health and Care Plan process

Not all of these issues concern how capital funding is spent. In addition to the capital programme, the SEND Delivery Plan starts to identify how the issues concerning training, assessment and improving confidence in the systems will be addressed. The Delivery Plan will be updated regularly as progress is made and opportunities for involvement from all stakeholders will be publicised through the Local Offer website and social media as well as through parents groups and education providers.

Key documents