Reshaping Education Support Services – Discussion Document Feedback and next steps
Reshaping Education Specialist Support Services update.
At the end of 2018 we met with a number of representatives from Gloucestershire’s schools community to understand the benefits and challenges in the support that was received from our educational psychology service and advisory teaching service. The feedback from this led us to develop a set of principles for future service delivery; a discussion document was shared with schools and a variety of stakeholders in January 2019 to establish whether these were the right principles. Feedback overwhelming agreed that the nine principles as the right future focus for specialist support services. We have used these principles to help redesign the shape of our internal services, aiming to integrate our inclusion support services to reduce duplication, increase collaboration and ensure that we build capacity that is the right level support and at the right time.
This means in practice we have realigned our specialist support model under one management structure, this will be known as Education Inclusion Specialist Support Service. Specialist Support will be managed by Senior Educational Psychologists and include advisory teachers and educational psychologists who will work collaboratively with the existing Locality Education Inclusion Teams. We have also listened to how valuable support for low incidence needs such as hearing and visual impairment is and have established a separate countywide team for Physical and Sensory to continue this support. A structure chart is attached for your information.
It is important to note that we have not reduced our operational capacity across the services but developed what we believe will be a robust model of support that can flex with demand and places greater emphasis on outcomes focused support. We do have a few vacancies that we hope to fill over the coming months and are working closely with the teams to minimise the impact on schools and young people.
The new structure of the services will go live at the start of term in September 2019 however we are realistic in what can be achieved in this timeframe and want to reassure you that we are not proposing significant changes to the service you receive. We want to be measured in our approach and be able to reflect the future developments across the county through things like the primary local inclusion clusters and discussions around increasing delegated funding and therefore we will ensure that there are opportunities for stakeholder engagement as we move forward; if you have any questions in the meantime please contact: CwAN@gloucestershire.gov.uk