SEND Hub Consultation

Consultation to open a 10 place SEN Resourced Provision for Communication and Interaction

PROPOSAL:

Bowbrook Primary School’s governing body is proposing to create a 10 place SEN resourced provision for EYFS/KS1 children from September 2024, in collaboration with the Local Authority. As part of this proposal, the DFE (Department for Education) and the local authority have requested us to consult with all parents and nearby schools to make sure that all stakeholders have their opportunity to express their thoughts on this proposal.

Background

As you may well be aware there is an increase in the demand for special school places and SEN resourced provision places nationally. At present, special schools and resourced provision places are oversubscribed nationally and locally. This means that some children who require a specialist school place either must wait for a place to become available or must travel some distance daily to be able to access the nearest available provision. Schools in Shropshire have been approached by the Local Authority to support them with an additional resourced provision in the locality. The Governors and The 3-18 Education Trust have therefore proposed Bowbrook Primary School to support the need for this additional provision in our area.

For us as a school, this is a fantastic opportunity to continue to build on the work we do to support all our pupils and would further increase the expertise of our staff in supporting a range of special educational needs.

The 3-18 Education Trust, Bowbrook Primary School, and the Local Authority propose to develop a 10-place special educational needs resourced provision within the existing footprint of the school building

The main benefits of this proposal:

The SEN resourced provision will accommodate up to 10 primary-aged children over time with an EHCP (Educational Health Care Plan) with communication and interaction difficulties/MLD (moderate learning difficulties). Initially, the plan will be to start with 4 children and then grow in stages in-line with the school’s class growth.

The SEN resourced provision will accommodate existing space in the school building and there will be an internal addition to the school building to accommodate sensory facilities near the envisaged resourced provision classroom.

The SEN resourced provision would be separately funded, and both current and additional staff would be recruited to ensure that the provision of the resourced provision would not impact the quality of education currently provided at Bowbrook Primary School. Existing SEND staff are experienced and qualified to support the development of the new provision, and the school has appropriate space available.

Without the expansion, there would be insufficient suitable places for SLCN/MLD pupils in Shropshire, and their special needs may not be met locally.

Minimal capital funding will be required by the school to implement this proposal. It will not affect the capacity of the school and does not put pressure on existing classroom spaces.

The Process

The proposed indicative timetable is as follows:

3-week Consultation Period:   Monday 10th June 2024 to Monday 1st July 2024. There is a 3-week consultation period, during which anyone with a view on the change can write to the governing body to inform them. Once the consultation period has closed governors will meet to consider all the responses before making a final decision on any changes. All responses must be received by 12pm on Friday 28th June 2024.

Governing Body meeting: The Governing Body will meet to consider the consultation responses and whether to implement this proposal on the week of Monday 1st July 2024. We will respond to, answer any parent questions, and post answers to any questions raised on our school website. If it is agreed that the proposal will be implemented, then the proposed implementation will take effect as of 1st September 2024.

Please respond to the Consultation by 1st July 2024:

In writing:

Mr Sam Aiston

Headteacher (on behalf of the Chair of Governors),

Bowbrook Primary School

Or by emailing: admin@bow.318education.co.uk with the subject line Consultation.

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