Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) including the reorganisation of the Support for Learning Service (SLS) and SEND service

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The local authority (London Borough of Tower Hamlets) is committed to ensuring all children and young people succeed. This includes those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Feedback from residents helps us to make decisions about which services to invest in. For example, we are creating more inclusive play spaces, such as Bartlett Park.

We are now consulting on proposed changes to the Support for Learning Service (SLS) and SEND Service.

You can read the consultation document here.

We previously consulted on our plans to make changes to SEND funding in 2019. Now, we are consulting again, with

The local authority (London Borough of Tower Hamlets) is committed to ensuring all children and young people succeed. This includes those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Feedback from residents helps us to make decisions about which services to invest in. For example, we are creating more inclusive play spaces, such as Bartlett Park.

We are now consulting on proposed changes to the Support for Learning Service (SLS) and SEND Service.

You can read the consultation document here.

We previously consulted on our plans to make changes to SEND funding in 2019. Now, we are consulting again, with more detailed proposals. This is because the demand for SEND services is greater than the available budget. The needs of our children and young people are also changing.

This consultation will:

  • Provide you with updates on current changes to the SEND education system
  • Explain proposed reorganisations and changes in the service - giving you the opportunity to feedback before plans are finalised

Both the updates and proposals are part of a whole-system reform of SEND which is ongoing, and that aims to better meet local needs and our legal (statutory) duties.

We are building on existing effective practice to encourage greater inclusion and improved educational outcomes for children and young people with SEND in Tower Hamlets.

They are in line with the SEND Code of Practice (2015) and Tower Hamlets SEND Strategy 2019-2024.


Why we are consulting?

We previously made changes in Tower Hamlets to meet new legal requirements. This was when the Children and Families Act (2014) was published, followed by the SEND Code of Practice (2015).

In 2016/17, an external review of our SEND services found that we needed to do more to meet our legal duties. For example, we needed to complete assessments more quickly and effectively.

In 2017/18, headteachers reviewed how we used the High Needs Funding Block (HNFB). This is the budget that is used for schools. They recommended that we reduce the amount of funding the council keeps.

We have used both those reviews and performance data to inform the proposals in this consultation. We have also looked at the demand for SEND services and the needs of our children and young people.

It’s vital that we meet the needs of those who use our services whilst providing value-for-money.


Who do we want to hear from?

This is an open consultation so everyone can respond. However, we would especially like to hear from individuals or groups who use our Support for Learning (SLS) and special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) services.

We want to hear from:

  • Parents and carers of children and young people with sensory impairments
  • Parents and carers of children and young people with SEND
  • Parents and carers of children and young people with an education, health and care plan (EHCP)
  • Professionals who work with children and young people who have sensory impairments or SEND
  • Children and young people with SEND

To give your feedback visit scroll down and complete the survey or write to SLS-SEND Consultation, Town Hall, Mulberry Place, 5 Clove Crescent E14 2BG before the consultation closes.

The consultation will run from Wednesday 11 November 2020 to 5pm, Wednesday 6 January 2021.

If you require support to complete the consultation, or require it in a different format, please contact our SEND information, advice and support service by email yp@towerhamlets.gov.uk or call 020 7364 4982 (Monday to Friday, 9am- 5pm).

An Equalities Impact Assessment (‘EQIA’) is being completed. We will include feedback from this public consultation in the EQIA.

Several consultation events are being run as part of this consultation. Meetings will be led by Christine McInnes, Divisional Director for Education and Partnerships and Cllr Danny Hassell, Cabinet Member for Children and Schools.

To attend one of our online consultation meetings email farhad.ahmed@towerhamlets.gov.uk to register and say which meeting you want to attend. You will then be sent information to join using Microsoft Teams.

  • Monday 23 November, 5pm-6pm
  • Tuesday 24 November, 5pm-6pm
  • Wednesday 25 November, 9am-10am
  • Wednesday 16 December, 12noon-1pm

Other consultation meetings will take place through the Parenting and Family Support Service.

Schools and young people can also participate in focus groups.

This page will be updated regularly with any new information on events.

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