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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 last two years has seen considerable capital investment into our Cheshire East Schools to increase both the places for children and young people with SEND, but also to improve resources in our specialist settings.
The Cheshire East Special Provision Capital Fund Plan (PDF, 306KB) and our completed Special Provision Plan template MS Excel, 124KB) show how our previous monies have been spent through a dedicated bidding round as well as our intended spend for this academic year which will focus upon improving provisions within our Resource Provision settings. As yet, we have not named the schemes but this will be determined in the near future following feedback from Resource Provision schools on the findings of the recently completed Resource Provision reviews.