Answering the questions in the SEND Review is not straightforward. There are complicated issues to consider if you want to do it properly. If you'd rather just have at it and feel confident that you understand all the questions, you can find it here. However, not everyone is comfortable answering government surveys and if this is you, we want to help. As we publish our articles explaining each chapter, we will create answer forms so you can read below some information to help you understand what's being asked and this will make it easier to give a full answer.
A good idea is to:
- copy and paste the following prompts into the form below and add your answers under each one,
- copy and paste them into a notes app or word doc to answer, then paste the whole lot into the form below
- just scroll up to remind yourself of the tips
So here is Question 14, as stated on the Government website:
- What needs to be in place to distribute existing funding more effectively to AP schools to ensure financial stability required to deliver our vision for more early intervention and re-integration? (Chapter 4)
To help you answer this, you can read part of our post here. However, we have also included tips from the post below.
What does this mean?
- At present, funding follows the pupil, meaning that because AP schools have a fluctuating pupil base, they can’t effectively plan budgets, staffing or training. This, in turn, says the DfE, impacts the quality of provision. The DfE wants to break that funding link and "expects" LAs create a 3-year budget for AP schools.
- The new Local Partnerships will decide how many places will be needed in “targeted mainstream", “time-limited”, and “transitional" placements, how much they will cost, and how changes in demand will be managed.
Question 14 Ponder points:
- Is it a good idea to remove funding from the pupil so APs can plan more effectively? Should this be a legal duty?
- Is it "early intervention" by the time a child gets to needing AP support?
- Is it a good idea for a Local Partnership to decide how many placements of each type there should be? What happens if too many of one type are needed one year, how flexible would they be?
- How will it be decided how much each service costs and what if it’s insufficient for the service needed?
- How could resource mapping (understanding what exists) be used? Part of this also needs to include skills mapping, as APs will need far more than robust behaviour policies to deliver anything effective, and extensive training is likely to be needed.
- How should the plans include intersectionality - where SEND and other factors such as race, poverty, and culture meet?
- How should accountability be measured from local authority, school, and family perspectives?
- How should AP and special school outreach to mainstream schools be funded so that the source schools don't suffer from loss of resource themselves?
- What other ideas do you have?
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