Assessing our local SEN Sufficiency and our provision plans

We have completed a sufficiency statement (PDF, 2.9MB) of our educational provision for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) to:

  • assess the needs of our children and young people in Cheshire East
  • evaluate how well our current provision meets young people’s needs, and identify any gaps
  • support us to plan how we will continue to develop our provision over a three year period starting in 2017-18 so that we can achieve the best outcomes for our children and young people.

The 0-25 SEND Partnership and Cheshire East Council are committed to providing the best quality education and support for all our children and young people to ensure they achieve the best possible outcomes. Having the right educational placement is key to supporting children and young people to achieve their potential and to develop the range of skills and experiences they need to equip them for adulthood.

Our three year plan

In response to the needs and provision gaps identified in our SEN Sufficiency Statement, we have developed a plan which outlines the specialist SEN provision we are proposing to develop in Cheshire East over the next 3 years. 

If we deliver all the places outlined within this plan, we will have achieved 270 additional places for Cheshire East pupils with SEND .

One element of our three year plan that is currently under development is our proposed expansion of Springfield Special School.

Special Provision Capital Fund

In 2017, the Government announced that each local authority would receive capital funding to invest in provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) aged 0-25 in order to improve the quality and range of provision available. 

Local authorities can invest their share of the special provision capital fund in:

  • creating new (additional) places at good or outstanding provision
  • improving facilities, or developing new facilities, in educational settings

The Cheshire East Special Provision Capital Fund Plan (PDF, 266KB) outlines how we plan to invest our allocation. Our plan is based on feedback gained through consultation with parents, carers and educational settings, and this is outlined in our plan. 

Educational settings were invited to bid for this funding in June 2018. All submitted bids were considered and details of the winning bids, and how we will be allocating our first allocation of this funding, are described in the completed Special Provision Plan template (MS Excel, 100KB), as required by the Department for Education.