Ambitious new plans for children with SEND will move ahead.

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Ambitious new plans for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) will move ahead to the next stage after being approved by Kirklees Cabinet.

The proposals are based on investing in local education and increasing the amount of SEND support in the district’s mainstream schools.

Many pupils with additional learning needs can make better, more sustained progress when they attend a mainstream setting, so the council is looking to provide targeted and specialist support for those who need it.

Proposals include new ‘Additionally Resourced Provisions’ at a range of existing schools across Kirklees. They would be for children and young people with: Complex Communication and Interaction Needs; Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs; and Cognition and Learning Needs.

The council carried out a consultation to seek views on the plan, in particular from families who are affected by SEND. This feedback is being taken into account and the next step is the publication of legal notices, which is another chance for people to have their say.

Cllr Carole Pattison, Cabinet member for Learning, Aspiration and Communities, said:

“Additionally Resourced Provisions in mainstream schools can offer extra support and resources for their pupils, helping to achieve better long-term outcomes.

“We already have ARPs in some Kirklees schools and we know the majority of those learners make good progress. Our ARPs have also been highlighted by Ofsted as an example of good practice.

“Our aim is to build on this provision by increasing the amount and the geographical spread, enabling more of our vulnerable learners to benefit.

“We have worked with schools in developing our proposals and we will continue to value the opinions of families who are affected by SEND.”

Cllr Viv Kendrick, Cabinet member for Children, said:

“We are investing heavily in SEND services and putting the child and family at the heart of everything we do.

We want to break down barriers by improving the life experiences and life chances of a group of young people who are historically behind their peers when it comes to attainment and employment prospects.

We are passionate about transforming our SEND support and there are many plans already in place. One of the cornerstones of our work is to ensure there is enough provision within Kirklees to meet the local demand.

The whole of our SEND transformation focuses on improving outcomes. This is about doing the right thing for children and their families, both now and for years to come.”

To see the full proposals that were approved by Cabinet, you can read the report.