SEND Peer Review

Peterborough SEND Peer Review

Confirmed Dates: 1 – 4 October 2018

Venue: Sand Martin House, Peterborough

Peterborough City Council have commissioned the Local Government Association (LGA) to undertake a peer review in October 2018. The peer team will be onsite for four days and this will include time observing practice, meeting staff/partners/parents/carers/children and young people, engaging with focus groups and visiting different settings.

Peer Review Team (NB: biogs at end of briefing)

·         Tom Murphy (lead peer), Assistant Director of Early Intervention Prevention & SEND, LB Hillingdon

·         Jayne Franklin, Head Teacher, The Children’s Hospital School, Great Ormond St Hospital

·         Chris Jones, SEND Strategic Development Lead, Nottinghamshire County Council

·         Sam Barron, Split post: Head of SEND Strategy (NCC) and Designated Clinical Officer for Northumberland CCG

Key themes to be explored as part of the review:

          Leadership and governance of SEND across the local area

          Capacity and resources (including Finance)

          The identification of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities

          Assessing and meeting the needs of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities

          Improving outcomes for children & young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities

Key Lines of Enquiry:

·         How effective is the leadership and governance of SEND across the area?

·         How effective is the capacity and resources (including finance) across the local area?

·         How effectively does the local area identify children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities?

·         How effectively does the local area assess and meet the needs of SEND children and young people?

·         How effectively does the local area improve outcomes for SEND children and young people?

·         Have the council got it right in terms of challenges and strengths for SEND?

·         Are the priorities right, in this period of development?

·         The review will assess how it all works in practice and improves outcomes.

SEND Peer Review Standard Themes

In order to ensure the integrity and fitness for purpose, a SEND review always includes the following ‘standard’ themes, in addition to the KLOEs mentioned earlier within this briefing. These include:

·         Leadership and governance of SEND across the local area

·         Capacity and resources (including Finance)

·         The identification of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities

·         Assessing and meeting the needs of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities

·         Improving outcomes for children & young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities

Set out below is a summary of the individual points that the peer team will consider during the review.

Capacity and managing resources

How do the council, CCG and partners demonstrate that:

·         There is an effective joint commissioning framework that produces tangible benefit to the lives of children and has been agreed and co-produced with all partners including parents/carers, children and young people. This should also include consideration of pooled budgets and lead commissioning.

·         Staff in schools and other settings, parents and carers understand the funding arrangements for SEND including how decisions are made on high cost residential or specialist provision for children and young people with complex needs.

The identification of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities

How do the council, CCG and partners demonstrate that:

·         Support is provided for parents and carers of children and young people through interventions such as Team around the Family (TAF) and Team around the Child (TAC)

Assessing and meeting the needs of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities

How do the council, CCG and partners demonstrate that:

·         EHCPs are developed through engagement and co-production with parents/carers, children and young people

·         There is access to a wider group of parents in the planning, delivery and evaluation of services

·         Children and young people are involved in the planning, delivery and evaluation of services

·         Information to parents and carers is timely, transparent and clear

·         The Local Offer is accessible, interactive, relevant and up-to-date and enables parents/carers, children and young people to access information in a format that meets their needs

·         The SEND Information, Advice and Support Service is actively promoted by all partners and children and young people have advocacy support if appropriate

·         There is a Short Breaks scheme available for children and young people and promoted through the Local Offer and professionals

Improving outcomes for children & young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities

How do the council, CCG and partners demonstrate that:

·         There are high aspirations explicitly set and embedded in leadership, services and partners including schools

·         Destinations match the aspirations and achievements of children and young people

·         There are a range of independent living options for young people with SEND within the local area

·         There are a range of employment opportunities available to young people leaving school and FE colleges e.g. supported internships

·         Access to leisure and sporting opportunities is promoted to children and young people with SEND to enable them to be active members of their community

·         Transition from paediatric health to adult health services is well managed and health outcomes for young adults are good

Parent Carer Involvement

Parents / Carers Focus Group

Date: Wednesday 3 October

Time: 09:15-10:15

Venue: Sand Martin House, Bittern Way, Fletton Quays, Peterborough, PE2 8TY

Contact upon arrival: Helen Gregg, 07961 240462

Parents / Carers Twilight Teleconference

Date: Wednesday 3 October

Time: 18:00-19:00

Telephone number: will be provided upon confirmation of attendance

For further details and to book email helen.gregg@peterborough.gov.uk