The SEND Capital programme is part of improving our whole SEND and Inclusion services for children and families in Rutland. The Government have provided £849,000 to develop facilities for children with (SEND) who have an Education Health and Care Plan by 2021.
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. Good progress has been made in providing a 10-15 place Secondary provision at Uppingham Community College for children with Communication and Interaction needs including children with Autism, which will be open in September 2020. The building and refurbishment programme will provide class space, quiet areas and outdoor provision in the heart of the school, alongside existing inclusion facilities.
Marian Wiggin, a highly experienced senior teacher, who has worked with children with SEND and parents over much of her career has been appointed as the Lead for the new provision and is shaping practice across the school and equipping the new provision ready for the first students starting in the new academic year. She has also embarked on work with other schools to lead excellence in inclusive practice.
The places for children with Education Health and Care plans will normally be filled as children progress through from Primary school in Rutland. Rutland County Council SEND case officers will continue to work with families to support them with information to determine whether the new provision is suitable to meet children's needs. A multi agency panel determines whether the provisino is best suited to support certain children.
We continue to receive really valuable feedback through direct conversations with parents and children about what makes the difference when families choose education provision with their children. These themes, clustered below, have informed school planning.
- 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 safe and secure 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.
The remaining captal funding is focused on developing earlier intervention opportunities for children who have emerging social, emotional or mental health needs. Particularly for those children whose need means that they are at risk of being prevented from accessing their educational entitement. Providing expertise in developing nurturing practice and approaches in Primary and Secondary school are being explored with some limited additional resources to support children at Edith Weston Primary School and it is hoped the development of a complementary Secondary provision in due course.
We welcome the opportunity to meet with parents and children as we develop solutions and continue to welcome comments and thoughts, though email or by contacting Programme Manager Louise Crookenden-Johnson 01572 758 250.