Cornwall Council wants to hear your views in the Special Educational Needs Review

Parents and carers are being asked for their views on the current arrangements for Special Educational Needs provision for children and young people with complex educational needs in Cornwall

More than 2000 children and young people in Cornwall have a statement of special educational needs or an Education, Health and Care (EHCP) plan that set out what is required to enable them to achieve well.  Cornwall Council is seeking the views of parents and carers and young people themselves about what is working well and what would be helpful to change.

High quality SEN provision keeps children and young people safe and enables them to make good or better progress against the outcomes specified in their statements or plans

I am sure you will agree with me that we want to ensure that there is sufficient, high quality Special Educational Needs (SEN) provision to meet the needs of all children and young people with complex educational needs in Cornwall and so are working with partners to carry out a formal review to seek the views of stakeholders on the current amount and type of provision.

The information about the SEN Provision Review is being shared widely, for example: in the press; directly with schools and settings; at conferences; and at training events. It is important for the review’s effectiveness that as many different groups and individuals as possible have the opportunity to contribute their views about what is working well, what we need more of and what needs changing.

It is important to highlight that the project group is very open to receiving suggestions for innovative developments. The project group for this activity includes parent representatives and health colleagues and is working with a linked group of young people with additional needs.

The three-phase SEN Review will run from October 2015 to April 2016, with the first phase seeking the views of key stakeholders, including young people and providers, as well as parents and carers running until 25 October.

We want people to tell us what they think about the provision which is currently available and their ideas for improving things. We will then use the comments and ideas put forward during the consultation process to develop proposals to change the service in the future.

The stages of the review are:

Stage 1 Seeking views                                          Oct/Nov

Stage 2 Identifying priorities                                 Dec/Jan

Stage 3 Feedback and consultation on priorities    Jan/Feb

Stage 4 Development plan prepared                      Feb/March

Following the end of this phase, which will take place between December 2015 and January 2016, we will then seek people‘s views on the proposals which have been out forward, with the final plan expected to be available in April 2016.

For more information and to take part in the survey please click on this link  

There will also be three consultation events that will enable people to hear details of the SEN Provision Review face to face and contribute ideas in a group setting. Details of the events are listed below:

Tuesday 20 October 11.30am -12.30pm                       

Council Chamber, Carrick House, Pydar Street, Truro. TR1 1EB.

Please note the nearest car park is the Viaduct which is pay & display. Details can be accessed here

Tuesday 20 October 5pm – 6pm                         

The Lescudjack Centre, Penmere Close, Penzance TR18 3PE

Details can be accessed here

Thursday 22 October 5pm – 6pm

Chy Trevail, Beacon Technology Park, Bodmin PL31 2FR

Details can be accessed here

Please take part in the review, as it is so important we provide a service that young people, their parents and carers need.