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Services for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) 

Please see below for more information on how we are consulting residents on our proposals for savings.

Proposal

Restructure services for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities, reducing levels of outreach and support for schools to core entitlement.

Savings

2011/12
Total: £0.850 million
General fund: £0.100 million
CSF grants: £0.750 million

2012/13
Total: £1.400 million
General fund: £0.300 million
CSF grants: £1.100 million

2013/14Total: £1.400 million
General fund: £0.300 million
CSF grants: £1.100 million

Brief description, impact and risk

This proposal, taking account of the outcome of the equality impact screening carried out, is to restructure services for pupils with special needs and disabilities services (SEND), reducing levels of outreach and support for schools to core entitlement.

In order to provide a more cost effective service, the Council is proposing to reduce levels of outreach and support for schools to a core entitlement from the primary learning support service and the educational psychology services. It also intends to restructure pupil referral services to a core entitlement with no fixed term exclusion support. 

In order to minimise impacts on pupils with SEND, the Council will provide assistance and brokerage to ensure expertise is shared across schools.  It will also increase levels of delegation of funding to schools for provision to pupils with SEND to maximise the level of resource available in schools and minimise the need for additional Council provided resources.

Consultation with Camden head teachers and governors is ongoing and specific proposals will be subject to detailed consultation with schools and staff in 2011.

Remodelled services to be phased for implementation from September 2011. The Council will continue to monitor the equality impacts as the proposal is implemented and will undertake further equality impact assessment as necessary.

Cabinet agreed the savings proposals above in December 2010. Cabinet agreed to delegate to the Director of Children, Schools and Families the authority to take the steps necessary within their management areas to implement them and, where these involve organisational restructures of more than 20 staff, to delegate authority to them to implement such organisation changes in consultation with the relevant Cabinet portfolio holder.

Proposal    

Enhanced local provision for pupils with special educational needs and rationalisation of central support team.

Savings

2011/12

Total: £0.300 million
General fund: £0.150 million
CSF grants: £0.150 million 

2012/13
Total: £0.300 million
General fund: £0.150 million
CSF grants: £0.150 million 

2013/14

Total: £1.500 million
General fund: £0.300 million
CSF grants: £1.200 million

Brief description, impact and risk

This proposal, taking account of the outcome of the equality impact screening carried out, is to enhance local provision for pupils with special educational needs (SEN) and rationalise the central support team.

The Council has identified scope to reduce the costs of expensive independent and out of borough school placements for pupils with special education needs through greater use of appropriate local provision. There is also scope to reduce the cost of SEN transport through improved procurement and more effective planning of routes and personalised services.

This will enable the Council to streamline its central support for statementing and placements with a reduction of posts.

The Council will continue to prioritise pupils with special educational needs receiving good quality provision that meets their needs.

Specific proposals will be subject to detailed consultation with schools in 2011. The Council will continue to monitor the equality impacts as the proposal is implemented and will undertake further equality impact assessment as necessary.

Cabinet agreed the savings proposals above in December 2010. Cabinet agreed to delegate to the Director of Children, Schools and Families the authority to take the steps necessary within their management areas to implement them and, where these involve organisational restructures of more than 20 staff, to delegate authority to them to implement such organisation changes in consultation with the relevant Cabinet portfolio holder.


More information

The full details of the proposals can be read in the medium term financial strategy

We want to work with you at this difficult time and make sure you have access to the right information. Over the coming months councillors will be out in the community talking to local people about how the national cuts in public spending will impact council services in Camden.

Alongside the wider engagement with the community about the proposals as a whole, there will be a formal consultation process for those services where we have a legal duty to consult.

We are committed to making sure you are well informed about the proposed changes to services, and have opportunities to feedback your views.



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