National statistics show that up to 20% (14.4% in 2017) of all children/ young people have some level of SEND. Most children/young people with SEND attend a mainstream school and are supported by resources, which form part of the school’s core budget.
Since 2014, ‘School Action’ or ‘School Action Plus’ was replaced with ‘SEN Support’, which is additional notional funding to support children/young people with additional needs.
Based on 2017 School Census data , there were just over 30,000 children/young people in Slough with slightly over 3,000 (10%) receiving SEN support compared to 14% nationally.
Nationally, 2.8% of all children/ young people will have a level of SEND that requires a statutory assessment of their needs and a legally-binding document to ensure provision to meet those needs.
As of March 2018 there are approximately 1,400 pupils in Slough that have an Education, Health and Care Plan/Statement, which equates to roughly 4.6% of the school population. These children and young people will attend either a specialist provision, resource base provision or mainstream provision of education, usually based in Slough or close to their residence, based on their individual needs.
Approximately 3% of those children and young people with EHCPs access independent provision ‘out of borough’. This is typically based on the complex nature of their needs or if they are Children Looked After.
SEN Support: Slough 10% V 14% Nationally
Statutory assessment: Slough 4.6% V 2.8% Nationally
Resource Bases in Slough
There are currently 17 Resource Bases (discrete specialist provision within mainstream settings) within Slough, covering Early Years, Primary and Secondary settings.
This is broken down as follows;
- x3 Early Years Provision
- x9 Primary Provision
- x5 Secondary Provision
As with banding, there is currently a 'resource base' working group under way to ensure that commissioned places are providing the best outcomes for children and young people. Further information on the banding and resource base working groups can be found in SEND updates.