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Intro


The Green Paper 'Support and aspiration:
A new approach to special educational needs and disability', DfE March 2011, set out the Government’s vision of a radically different system which supports better life outcomes for young people, gives parents confidence by giving them more control, and transfers power to professionals on the front line as well as to the local community.

Welcome to the pathfinder website, it is here to support the reforms and share learning from the pathfinders and pathfinder champions. On it you will be able to read about the progress being made across a number of key test areas, keep up to date with the development of legislation and guidance and find materials to support implementation.



Programme Overview


For the current phase of the programme (April 2014 to March 2015) SEND pathfinders from the previous phases (March 2011 - 2014) were given the opportunity to apply to become SEND pathfinder champions either individually or as a consortium (with the choice of including non pathfinder local authorities) for both regional and/ or national roles. After careful consideration 11 SEND pathfinder champions formed from 20 pathfinders and 17 non-pathfinder local authorities have been selected for the 9 regions, 6 of which also have national responsibilities for the thematic areas of the reforms. Mott MacDonald has been commissioned by the Department for Education to support the pathfinders and pathfinder champions to test and implement the reforms since September 2011. You can read our recent updates on pathfinder and support team activity on the 'Mott MacDonald Support Team' page by clicking here.


Latest News


July 2014


0-25 SEND Code of Practice approved in the Lords and has now cleared Parliament (29th July 2014). This link will take you to the ‘draft code’ as it was, and the final Code once it is uploaded.

Edward Timpson, Children & Families minister, meets Special Needs Jungle to talk about implementation - watch the video here. Special Needs Jungle and the DfE have also co-produced a SEND reform infographic which can be accessed here.

The DfE have also published a Storify on recent events leading up to ratification of the SEND reforms, which can be accessed here.

NEW SCHOOL LEADERS SLIDES

The DfE in collaboration with the Joint Professional Association SEND Forum have developed a slide pack to help school leaders in mainstream schools engage governors and staff in the reforms.

Based on feedback from the SEND Forum, the content of the slide pack is factual based rather than case study led. To support this resource, there will be an additional review of wider support materials for schools including case studies to explore what more may be needed for September.

Although it is late in term, the feedback from the unions was that they would rather send it out now so that heads are aware of it as a resource for them to use with governors and staff at the start of the new term.

You can access the slides and a supporting guidance note by clicking on the links below:

School Leaders Presentation

Guidance note for School Leaders

July 2014


NEW DfE IMPLEMENTATION PACK

The DfE has published an updated implementation pack, "Implementing a new 0 to 25 special needs system: LAs and partners"

This can be accessed here

July 2014


PERSONAL BUDGETS BOOKLET FOR PARENTS AND CARERS

The Middlesbrough SEN Collaborative in Redcar and Cleveland have produced a helpful booklet that offers guidance to Parents and Carers of Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities around how they could be supported through a Personal Budget.

You can access the booklet here

June 2014


DfE SEND MEDIATION GUIDANCE LETTER

As you will be aware, local authorities will have to have regard to the statutory guidance on mediation in Chapter 11 of the new Special Educational Needs Code of Practice and comply with the regulations covering mediation in the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 (subject to Parliamentary approval).

The DfE have released a Mediation Letter which provides guidance to local authorities on establishing the new mediation arrangements which will come into effect on 1 September 2014 under the Children and Families Act 2014 and the role local authorities and their partners will play in those arrangements.

This letter can be viewed by clicking here.


NEWLY PUBLISHED EXAMPLE EHC PLANS

A new appendix has been added to the SEND Pathfinder March 2014 Information Packs which includes two of Portsmouth's example EHC plans (one for Early Years and one for Post-16). These are fully compliant based on the statutory requirements outlined in the April 2014 draft Code of Practice and can be viewed here


IMPLEMENTING A NEW 0-25 SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS AND DISABILITIES SYSTEM

On 13 March the Children and Families Act (2014) received Royal Assent. It will reform the systems for adoption, looked after children, family justice and special educational needs.

On 8 April, Edward Timpson (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families) and Dr Dan Poulter (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Health) wrote to local authority and health leaders with further information on transition arrangements in relation to the reforms. The letter has been sent to Chief Executives of local authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups, chairs of Health and Wellbeing Boards and lead members. The letter requests they give personal attention to ensuring that the new SEND system is implemented in a way that will deliver maximum benefits for children and young people with SEND. An updated implementation pack accompanies the letter, which outlines the vision for the reforms and contains useful information for strategic leaders.

The Minister for Children and Families is also writing to schools, parents and FE colleges about the reforms.

March 2014


CHILDREN AND FAMILIES BILL RECEIVED ROYAL ASSENT 13TH MARCH 2014

Following 2 years of consultation, debates and testing the Children and Families Bill received Royal Assent on the 13th of March. This Act will take effect in September 2014 and will introduce a number of changes to the way disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs (SEN) receive support going into the future.

For more information please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/landmark-children-and-families-act-2014-gains-royal-assent.


January 2014


SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS (SEN) REFORM GRANT

The Department for Education has released a letter containing details of the 2014/15 SEN Reforms Grant.

The purpose of this grant is to provide support to local authorities in England towards expenditure lawfully incurred or to be incurred by them. Local authorities can spend this one-off grant to recognise the programmes of change underway in the areas of SEN.

Local authorities can spend this one-off grant to recognise the programmes of change underway in the areas of SEN. They may, however, choose how to spend the money in order to best meet local need.

To view this letter please click here.


SQW SHORT THEMATIC CASE STUDIES ON EHC PLANS AND KEY WORKING

Please see below for a link to the two latest SQW thematic reports, each based on in-depth interviews undertaken in five of the twenty pathfinders:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications?keywords=&publication_filter_option=research-and-analysis&departments%5B%5D=department-for-education

These two reports cover:

1. Key working and workforce development: this report describes the different models of key working that have developed in pathfinder areas and identifies some of the key skills and training requirements needed to deliver the role successfully. The report also highlights some challenges for key working in the future and sets out some potential solutions.

2. The Education, Health and Care planning pathway for new entrants to the SEN system: this report describes the planning pathways developed in pathfinder areas, comparing and contrasting the different approaches taken. It highlights the main differences between the EHC planning pathway and the SEN Statementing process and concludes that interviewees believe the new way of working is leading to better quality and more holistic plans. The report sets out some of the challenges faced by pathfinders in implementing the EHC planning pathway and offers some potential solutions.


GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES £30 MILLION FOR NEW SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS INDEPENDENT SUPPORTERS

On the 7th of January, Edward Timpson, Minister for Children and Families, reported a new £30 million fund for more than 1,800 independent supporters to help parents navigate the new special educational needs process. This £30 million will be used to recruit and train a pool of ‘independent supporters’ drawn from independent voluntary, community and private organisations to help the families of children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) through the new process following comprehensive reforms to support.

Further information can be found via the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/30-million-for-new-special-educational-needs-champions

The Council for Disabled Children have also published information, including a useful ‘Questions and Answers’ page which can be found via the following link: http://www.councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/news/january-june-2014/government-announcement-on-independent-supporters

NEWS ARCHIVE


Further items can be found on the 'News Archive' page by clicking here.


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