There are currently two important working groups that are taking place to develop the SEND offer within Slough attributed to banding (individual top-up funding for schools) and Resource Bases (discrete specialist provision within mainstream settings).
The Banding working group endeavours to develop a transparent, top-up banding structure which meets the needs of children and young people with SEND within Slough, based on areas of identified need in the Code of Practice. The Banding working group has participation from a number of Head Teachers and Business Managers within Slough schools.
The Resource Base working group endeavours to ensure that the Local Authority utilises and commissions existing Resource Bases to ensure best outcomes for all SEND children and young people. The working group also endeavours to ensure that Resource Base provision promotes inclusion and promotes access to learning in mainstream settings for SEND children and young people.
There is an expectation that both working groups will conclude by the end of the calendar year, in readiness for a new banding system to be in place for April 2019 and new Resource Base admissions criteria for September 2019.