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Draft SEND Commissioning Strategy

The Gloucestershire draft SEND Commissioning Strategy sets out our assessment of the needs of children and young people in Gloucestershire with SEND and how we aim to meet them.  It supports the overarching High Needs Strategy which was approved by Cabinet on January 30th, 2019

We know that children with additional needs do not always make the progress they should. The number of children with Education Health and Care Plans has increased rapidly over the last four years and permanent exclusions from school remain worryingly high. The high needs budget is overspending. We need to re-shape provision to meet needs effectively now and over the next five years and to make more effective use of our resources.

The draft strategy reflects:

  • the requirements placed on local authorities and schools by the Children and Families Act 2014 and the SEND Code of Practice 0-25 (2015)
  • The Joint Strategy for Children and Young People with Additional Needs (JAND), including Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) 2018 – 2021 agreed with partner agencies
  • the High Needs Strategy agreed by Cabinet in January 2019

And aims to develop:

  • an inclusive education system characterised by effective early intervention and supported by a skilled workforce able to access specialist support when it is needed
  • high quality specialist provision available locally for those that need it
  • a sustainable budget

Comments and feedback

We would welcome comments and feedback on the draft strategy.  These should be addressed to Tracy Oosthuizen at Tracy.oosthuizen@gloucestershire.gov.uk by 30th June 2019.

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