Barnet’s SEND Strategy
Barnet’s, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Strategy 2017–2020 has been developed in partnership by the council, schools, health partners, voluntary sector partners and parents and carers. The full strategy can be viewed here and a summary is provided below.
The strategy sets out our vision and strategic priorities and describes how we propose to deliver against these, including how we are responding to the 2014 SEND reforms and changes in local demand in order to achieve the best possible outcomes for children and young people aged 0-25 with SEND. The strategy is for everyone involved with special educational needs and disabilities including families, headteachers, governors, special educational needs coordinators in schools, health and social care professionals, partner agencies and the voluntary sector.
Our vision for children and young people with SEND is that:
"all children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities reach their full potential. We are committed to ensuring that clear and realistic outcomes are achieved and that young people have the opportunity to become as healthy, independent and resilient as possible".
This vision supports the ambition of Barnet to be the most Family Friendly Borough by 2020. The strategy to achieve this, set out in Barnet’s Children and Young People Plan, focuses on developing families’ resilience, which evidence tells us is pivotal to providing inclusive services that support all children and young people to be as independent as possible. Resilience based practice sits at the heart of improving outcomes for children and young people. The role that schools play in the day to day life of children and their families, particularly for children with SEND, provides a unique opportunity to promote and embed resilience.
Priority 1: To ensure effective, timely and robust decision-making for children, young people and their families
Priority 2: To improve participation of, and co-production with, key partners, parents, families, children and young people in decision-making
Priority 3: To ensure effective joint commissioning and integration of services from early years through to adulthood
Priority 4: To champion the educational progress and attainment of pupils with SEND
Priority 5: To ensure sufficient and appropriate local and inclusive provision
Priority 6: To promote independence and prepare children and young people for adulthood
Full details on how the Barnet local area plans to deliver these strategic objectives can be found within the SEND strategy and the SEND Improvement Plan.
All children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities reach their full potential. We are committed to ensuring that clear and realistic outcomes are achieved and that young people have the opportunity to become as healthy, independent and resilient as possible