SEND structure update
Thank you to everyone who has responded to the consultation on the SEND structure. Having taken account of the responses we are now moving to implement a locality structure. We will in the short term continue to use agency staff to enable us to move to the new structure as soon as possible, but we will be recruiting to the permanent post as soon a possible and want to include parents, young people and partners in the recruitment exercise.
In summary we will move to locality teams for the SEND service and the Educational Psychology ( EP ) service, but we will retain area wide teams for the Cheshire East autism team and the sensory team while we review the service offer. Interim managers will be identified.
Fiona Nnanyere, consultant who supported us with timeliness of plans has now left the authority; however we have brought in a new consultant, Steve Laycock, who is an experienced Principal Educational Psychologist to review the service offer for the EP service.
In terms of moving to the Locality Structure, Charlotte Greenbank has started and will be the interim team leader for the Central locality, Karen Connerney will be interim team leader for the Macclesfield locality and we are currently looking to recruit a further interim team leader for Crewe and Nantwich locality which we hope to have in place this week.
Tracey Beardsmore-Evans, SEND service manager will initially manage a dedicated team ensuring timeliness of reviews and looking at the quality of the education, health and care plans.
It will be a phased implementation of the new structure between June and September. You will be kept informed as staff members are confirmed in post in their localities.
Once again thank everyone for your response which has helped to shape the way we will operate moving forward.