Special Educational Needs Review Update
Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
1. To update Cabinet on progress since last cabinet report July 2012. 2. Summarise feedback from wide consultation held over the summer period on Framework for delivery of SEN Service's in the borough. 3. Set out the core data to be used in future planning. 4. To consider the new offer for SEN Services. 5. To report on the new draft legislation for SEN.
(Report 157/12-13) (Non-key decision)
The Cabinet Member for Children & Families introduced the report, commending the support and provision available in the Borough; however, this was not enough and there was a growing need. It was emphasised that the review was co-produced with parents, young people, specialists and schools.
Keisha Osbourne, representing the Lambeth Parents and Carers’ Forum, welcomed the proposed improvements to SEN provision. She believed that securing appropriate support at present was a challenge and the needs of children with SEN often could not be met in mainstream settings, which is often where they ended up. It was vital that the Council worked together with parents to give SEN children the chances they deserved.
Michele Reilly, Lambeth ADHD Support Group, also welcomed the review. She informed Cabinet that around 5% of students had Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) but these accounted for 40% of exclusions. Such disproportionality was also reflected in the criminal justice system and this cycle of exclusion had to be broken, starting in nursery. She also raised concerns over the physical restraint of ADHD pupils in schools and suggested training on this needed to be reviewed. ADHD provision in breakfast and after school clubs also needed to be increased.
Anna Roads, Chair of Lambeth Autism Group, echoed the comments made by the previous speakers. She was excited about the commitment to this issue at senior Member and officer level which proved SEN was being taken seriously. She stated that, while parents wanted a wide range of support, 60% wanted specialist autism-specific provision yet currently only 18% got it. 75% of autistic children at secondary school experienced trauma via bullying and this demonstrated that mainstreaming was generally not suitable. It was vital to have SEN delivered in a structured way with string leadership from head teachers.
Veronique Kaboha, Co-Chair of Lambeth Parents and Carers’ Forum, was delighted to see the development of SEN provision and commended the many consultations carried out. She was pleased that early intervention and evidence-based, research-led approaches would be priorities.
Councillor Roger Giess stated that the SEN review had had enthusiastic cross party support from the outset and in particular commended the fact that there was a workstream around transitions. It was important to consider what happened after the age of 25 and plan a longer timescale, involving corresponding adult services. He also believed it was unhelpful to refer to in-borough or out-of-borough provision and more important to focus on providing support close to home.
In summing up, the Cabinet Member for Children & Families commended the points made by the various speakers and affirmed a desire to meet parents’ ambitions.
(1) To note the progress on SEN Review.
(2) To note the new draft legislation and implications of this for future services.
(3) To note and approve a revised version of the Inclusion Framework following consultation
(4) To note the changes to SEN funding from 2013
Publication date: 16/11/2012
Date of decision: 12/11/2012
Decided at meeting: 12/11/2012 - Cabinet