The consultation comes after a six-month review was undertaken of the £32m that Stockport spends on our SEND provision in the High Needs Funding block of the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG). The DSG is the budget that the government allocates to the council every year to fund local schools and education services.
The High Needs Funding is spent on top-up funding for children and young people with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs), all places at our specialist schools, resourced units, Pupil Referral Units and external placements (including independent school places) and also funds some of our support services.
The review was undertaken because we needed to:
- Make sure that the money is spent to achieve the best outcomes for young people
- Understand where the money is being spent and what we spend it on
- Make sure we best meet needs with the funding available
The review recommended a five-year change programme to ensure that the good work achieved in Stockport is built on, and to ensure that we have the best outcomes for our children and young people with SEND.
The findings of the review made a number of recommendations, the consultation will focus on initial proposals that require public consultation in the following areas:
- Early help and SEN support
- Specialist settings
- Emotional wellbeing
- Inclusion and pupil referral units
- The public consultation will ensure that we have listened to and gathered views and feedback from as wide a group as possible, to inform the development of the final proposals.
Cllr. Colin Foster, Cabinet member for Children, Family Services and Education said that "Following on from the detailed report on High Needs Block of the Dedicated School Grant, this consultation is about proposals to meet the many, varied and changing needs of children and young people with Special Needs Educational and Disabilities.
This is a particularly important consultation providing the basis of services for the next five to ten years. The results of this consultation will be considered in 2021 with final decisions being made in June 2021.”
A 64-page summary of the review and stakeholder briefing presentation and video can be viewed in the consultation website (see link below)
To have your say on the future of SEND provision and view the consultation, visit:
The consultation will close on Friday 4th of December 2020.
If you have any questions about the consultation or the review then please can you email these to DSG@stockport.gov.uk