Our Partnership Strategy
In 2017 partners across Poole came together to develop our Special Educational Needs and Disability Strategy. It explains what we want to achieve for children and young people with SEND and how we will do that. Work to develop the strategy included consulting with a wide range of children, young people and their families, including those in care and siblings, through online surveys, discussion groups and other opportunities. This culminated in a partnership conference of parents, health, social care, schools and children’s services colleagues where we reviewed the consultation findings and information about what we do well and what we need to improve. Through this we co-produced our Improvement Plan.
We are committed to ensuring all children and young people have the chance to achieve their full potential. To achieve this the Local Authority, schools, settings, health, families and other providers, work together so that every child and young person with a special educational need or disability (SEND):
- Will be defined from their earliest years by their potential and what they can do, not what they cannot do or are prevented from doing
- Is a healthy as they can be and happy in their life
- Feels safe and are kept safe
- Progresses well, achieving the best possible outcomes
- Is prepared for adulthood form the earliest years
SEND Special Provision
Crucial to the successful delivery of our partnership Strategy and Improvement Plan is having the right high needs provision in place. All councils have to review their provision for children and young people with SEND and should publish a strategic plan. In 2017 Poole and Bournemouth commissioned an independent organisation, Isos Partnership, to carry out the review between September 2017 and January 2018. Isos talked to and sought the views of a wide range of schools, early years setting, families and Bournemouth & Poole College, and used all of the views and feedback that families gave in 2017 for the development of our strategy. Bournemouth and Poole adopted the recommendations, which along with the main findings of the review, form the basis of our Strategic high needs provision plan.
To support councils in delivering their strategic high needs provision plans, the government has given capital funding to each local area. Prior to the Local Government re-organsiation the Borough of Poole and Bournemouth received separate Capital Funding allocations. As a new Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) local authority we will bring these separate plans together. The BCP Council SEND Provision Capital Fund Plan draws together, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole’s plans and explains how the funding has been used for projects so far. Spreadsheets provide more detail to the funding element of the projects and detail which are completed, underway or being considered. There is further work to do to understand what capital funding might be needed for future projects. This includes discussing the options with Parents and Carers Together, young people and our local schools, colleges and providers.