Progress so far | Central Bedfordshire Council

Progress so far

Summary of themes and progress so far on improving our SEND services

Our written statement of action was agreed by Ofsted on 24 September 2020. It focusses on four areas of improvement.

Theme 1: Quality and oversight of EHC plans (a combination of area of weakness 1 and 2)

Outcomes we’re aiming for:

  • EHC plans are high quality
  • quality of EHC plans is reported to SEND Partnership Board so leaders have oversight
  • the annual review process for children is timely, meets needs and is completed within the statutory timeline, and reported to the SEND Partnership Board
  • training for professionals and parents/carers to ensure a consistent understanding of SEND support, EHC needs assessment and annual review processes and the roles and responsibilities of professionals involved

Theme 2: SEND outcomes and strategy (a combination of area of weakness 3 and 4)

Outcomes we’re aiming for:

  • leaders have greater understanding of the needs of children and young people with SEND in Central Bedfordshire through data and engagement
  • there is an agreed set of outcomes for children and young people with SEND in Central Bedfordshire, which informs the development of the SEND strategy; these are embedded within the partnership data dashboard, so that progress towards the outcomes can be used to inform future developments
  • the area has a clear SEND strategy including prioritised joint commissioning intentions and identified service improvements to better meet the needs of children and young people in the area

Theme 3: Co-production

Outcomes we’re aiming for:

  • SEND professionals across health, education and social care have a clear understanding of co-production, which is informed by the views of children, young people and their families
  • service leaders are successful in engaging with representative numbers and groups of children, young people, parents, and carers including those from ethnic minority groups
  • co-production is understood and used consistently across social care, health, and education services

Theme 4: Local Offer

Outcomes we’re aiming for:

  • the Local Offer is co-produced as a partnership between us, health, private and voluntary organisations, parents/carers and children and young people
  • the Local Offer is fit for purpose in line with the code of practice and local needs
  • children, young people, and families report that they can access the right information at the right time and are able to make informed choices about the services and support they receive

You can read the full list of actions in the full written statement of action.

The following pages in this section take you to the latest information on progress so far for each area of improvement and what we will be doing in the next term. This information will be updated every term.