The SEND Capital programme is part of a whole SEND and Inclusion system change. During 2018 the Government topped up the available capital to develop places for children with (SEND) who have an Education Health and Care Plan. This means that £816,000 is available to increase the local education places for Rutland children with SEND.
The aim of this funding is to shift the balance of provision to make more places available in the county, so that more children can access good quality local education which helps them to make local friends and enjoy being part of their local community, these are all good life skills and mean they have the best chance of independence as an adult.
The funds available must be spent on building and equipping a facility to provide education places and good progress has been made in planning a 10-15 place Secondary provision at Uppingham Community College for children with Communication and Interaction needs, including those on the Autistic Spectrum.
The places for children with Education Health and Care plans are likely to be available from September 2020 and will be filled from Year 7 as children naturally progress through from Primary school in Rutland.
We continue to receive really valuable feedback through direct conversations with parents about what makes the difference when families choose education provision with their children, these themes, clustered below, are forming part of priority work in the next few months, so that we can help parents to have confidence in choosing a school;
- A focus on transition arrangements and problem solving from Year 5 through to Year 7
- School having a positive inclusive attitude, culture, policies and procedures to keep children supported and build their emotional wellbeing
- A suitable physical environment, that fosters effective learning for all children
- Good pro-active community links and liaison with local business and voluntary organisations, which offers young people options for Post 16 Education and routes to work
- A clear specification for the provision that explains which special educational needs the facility can cater for and what approach will be taken to make sure children’s needs are met.
We are actively engaged in meeting parents and children as we develop the provision and continue to welcome comments and thoughts, through the following email address SENDCapitalProgramme@rutland.gov.uk or by contacting Louise Crookenden-Johnson who is the Programme Manager for the programme on 01572 758250.