Education

SEND panels in Central Bedfordshire

Our SEND team holds three separate advisory panels to assist with decision making regarding:

  • EHC needs assessments
  • special school and additionally resourced provision placements
  • funding for post-16 placements

Each panel consists of multi-agency professional groups to support our decision making. Once the panel has made a decision about a case, a member of our SEND team will contact young people and/or parents and settings to inform them of the decision. This usually happens within a week of the date of the panel meeting.

Further information regarding each of the panels can be found below;

SEND panel

The purpose of the SEND panel is to provide guidance to enable consistent and focused decision making. This is in line with the legislation as outlined within the Children and Families Act (2014), in relation to requests for EHC needs assessments. The focus of this panel is to consider agreement to requests for EHC needs assessment and whether an assessment should lead to the completion of an education, health and care plan (EHCP). The panel may also consider requests for personal budget, funding and equipment.

The multi-agency group is responsible for providing professional guidance to enable our decision making to be fair and transparent and in line with the legislation. It is expected that all panel members read the necessary paperwork and provide advice to the Chair on each case. The final decision remains with us.

It is important to note that our decisions do not have to be made following guidance from a panel. To ensure speed and efficient decision making, for those cases where agreeing to an EHC needs assessment is clear, we will make decisions as possible, without the necessity of a panel’s advice. The panel’s main purpose is to offer guidance and consistency where decisions require further professional advice, and where EHC needs assessments may not be agreed.

This also enables advice as to an appropriate way forward to support the child and the setting following our decisions. However, in order to ensure compliance with statutory timescales around decision making, we will exercise our right to make decisions outside of panel where necessary, within the legislative framework.

Download Guidelines for Statutory Assessments

Panel dates and associated timescales

Date of Panel

 Last date information needs to be with SEND Officers from settings

Local Authority to share information with panel members

 27 November 2019

 15 November 2019

 20 November 2019

 18 December 2019

 6 December 2019

11 December 2019 

 8 January 2020

 27 December 2019

2 January 2020 

 5 February 2020

 29 January 2020

 24 January 2020

 26 February 2020

 14 February 2020

 19 February 2020

 25 March 2020

 13 March 2020

 18 March 2020

 22 April 2020

 10 April 2020

 15 April 2020

 13 May 2020

 01 May 2020

 6 May 2020

 03 June 2020

 22 May 2020

 27 May 2020

 01 July 2020

 19 June 2020

 24 June 2020

 15 July 2020

 3 July 2020

 8 July 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special School and Additionally Resourced Provision Panel

The purpose of this panel is to provide professional guidance that enables transparent, consistent and focused decision making in line with the legislation for the educational placement of children and young people with education, health and care plans.

The panel is a multi-agency team, responsible for providing professional guidance to us to enable consistent and appropriate decision making, in line with the SEND Code of Practice 2015. Representatives of each of our four special schools attend this panel and share their views as to the suitability of the requested placement.

Please be aware that the panel is not a statutory requirement for decision making on placements. The final decision on where to place a child or young person with SEND remains with us.

Panel dates and associated timescales

Date of Panel

 Last date information needs to be with SEND Officers from settings

Local Authority to share information with panel member

 11 December 2019

 29 November 2019

 4 December 2019

 22 January 2020

 10 January 2020

 15 January 2020 

 1 April 2020

 20 March 2020

 25 March 2020 

 20 May 2020

 8 May 2020

 13 May 2020

 8 July 2020

 26 June 2020

 1 July 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post-16 Panel

The purpose of the Post-16 Panel is to provide professional guidance that enables transparent, consistent and focused decision making in line with the legislation for the top-up funding for educational placements for young people with Education, Health and Care Plans in addition to the funding allocated by the Education Funding Agency for post-16 pupils or the Skills Funding Agency for post-19 students.

The panel is a multi-agency team, responsible for providing professional guidance to us to enable consistent and appropriate decision making, in line with the SEND Code of Practice 2015.

The following representatives attend this panel and share their views as to the suitability of the requested placement and associated funding:

  • the main college
  • alternative post-16 settings attended by Central Bedfordshire students
  • a senior advisor from our youth support service

Please be aware that the panel is not a statutory requirement for decision making on placements. The final decision on funding and placements for young people with SEND remains with us.

Panel dates and associated timescales

Date of Panel

 Last date information needs to be with SEND Officers from settings

Local Authority to share information with panel member

 12 February 2020

 31 January 2020

 5 February 2020

 11 March 2020

 28 February 2020

 4 March 2020

 6 May 2020

 24 April 2020

 29 April 2020

 17 June 2020

 5 June 2020

 10 June 2020

 

 

 

 

 

Early Years SEND Panel

In addition, we hold a regular Early Years SEND Panel. The purpose of the panel is to provide guidance to enable consistent and focused decision making on referrals to the Early Years SEND Advisory Team from outside agencies for children under five years of age. The panel also considers individual children’s initial assessment reports for the purpose of sharing views on the future support proposed for a child. The panel may also consider requests for additional funding.

Referral decisions made by the panel are recorded and the referrer informed within one week of the meeting. Where a referral is accepted and allocated to an advisory SEND teacher an initial assessment takes place with the child, parents/carers and early years setting within eight weeks of the panel date.

The panel is a multi-agency group, responsible for providing professional guidance in line with the SEND Code of Practice 2015 and the DFE Early Years Foundation Stage 2017.

The following representatives attend this panel and share their views on referrals, allocation of support and additional funding:

  • early years SEND advisory team
  • private, independent and voluntary providers
  • schools
  • SEND officers
  • childcare development officers
  • the NHS

It is expected that all panel members read the necessary paperwork and provide advice to the Chair on each case. Please be aware that the panel is not a statutory requirement for decision making. The final decision on allocation of resources and funding for children with SEND remains with us.

Panel dates and associated timescales

Date of Panel

 Last date referrals and initial assessment need to be with business support

 20 November 2019

 12 November 2019

 4 December 2019

 26 November 2019

 11 December 2019

 3 December 2019

 15 January 2020

 7 January 2020

 29 January 2020

 21 February 2020

 19 February 2020

 11 February 2020

 4 March 2020

 25 February 2020

 18 March 2020

 10 March 2020

 1 April 2020

 24 March 2020

 15 April 2020

 7 April 2020

 29 April 2020

 21 April 2020

 20 May 2020

 12 May 2020

 27 May 2020

 19 May 2020

 10 June 2020

 2 June 2020

 24 June 2020

 16 June 2020

 8 July 2020

 30 June 2020

 22 July 2020

 14 July 2020

 29 July 2020

 21 July 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evidence considered by panel

The panel will consider evidence on a case-by-case basis dependent on the remit of the panel and the nature of the request.

For the majority of cases, panel would expect to be provided with evidence of the following;

  • clear evidence of implementation of Graduated Response at Stage 1 and 2 over time for requests for EHC needs assessment
  • clear evidence of implementation of the education, health and care plan and appropriate cycles of review and implementation of strategies for requests for change of placement or increased funding
  • where evidence over time is not available, evidence of circumstances that have given rise to sudden, significant change
  • clear evidence of interventions specific to area of need identified within application
  • clear evidence of the assess, plan, do, review cycle being implemented, interventions being evaluated and adjusted if not having impact
  • involvement of external professionals and evidence of their advice being implemented and evaluated
  • evidence of developmental levels in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage
  • evidence of financial expenditure already in place (linked to aforementioned documents) and evidence of impact
  • clear detail of how any additional funding will be spent with clear measurable outcomes
  • documentation must evidence the strategies being implemented
  • evidence that behaviour logs are being evaluated and strategies implemented as a result of information gained from analysis
  • provision maps, IEP / one-page profile and SEND support plans should be included with the application where possible
  • examples of unaided work and clear evidence of current academic levels
  • evidence of how school has used CPD and external support to upskill all staff in meeting identified needs

Any application to our SEND panels must be countersigned by the young person and/or a parent/carer, giving their consent for the application.