Consultation has started on proposals to improve school provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), and to help support parents, carers and families.

The Council has an important role in championing the needs of vulnerable children in Derby, and ensuring continued inclusion of children with special needs in all of our schools in the city. Derby’s proposed SEND improvements will help support children with special needs and their parents and carers.

The proposals include:

  • Updating Enhanced Resource School and Special School Placement Criteria;
  • A fresh look at specialist provision to ensure it is relevant to current needs of children and young people;
  • Improving SEND pupil pathways and alignment between infant, junior and secondary Enhanced Resource School placements.

There are no proposals to reduce overall funding for children and young people with SEND.

The proposals will not affect pupils already on roll at special schools or enhanced resource schools.

Following the consultation period, if the proposals are given the go-ahead, they are likely to apply for new placements from September 2018.

If you would like to find out more about the proposals or complete the consultation questionnaire, please visit the Derby City Council website.

Consultation starts today and is open until Friday 15th December.

Councillor Sarah Russell, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills says,

These proposals are all about supporting the needs of children across our city.  Our aim is to assist children, young people and their families by ensuring that every pupil with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities attends a school that can best meet their individual needs.

We want to help support children and young people with SEND in achieve their full potential. We really look forward to receiving consultation responses, which will form the basis of any decisions that are made.”