- Local authorities have a statutory duty to ensure that there is a school place available for every child. Additionally, they are required keep under review provision for children and young people with SEND via the Children and Families Act (2014). In March 2017, the Government committed £215 million of capital funding to help local authorities create new school places and improve existing facilities for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Allocations range from a minimum of £500,000 to over £6.5m.
Premier Advisory Group and its trading divisions have been conducting stakeholder engagement on behalf of local authorities and other public bodies for over a decade. We have consistently won praise for our diligence, our independence and the quality of our reporting and recommendations.
In August 2017, DfE provided further guidance including an expectation around local stakeholder consultation and engagement with parents and young people. This work has a deadline of 14th March 2018 where the outcome of the consultation is required to be published alongside a related action plan.
- To meet this requirement, PAG has developed a suite of tools to enable local authorities to efficiently meet their obligations relating to this funding and to provide confidence to key stakeholders that their views will be taken into account.
Designed to report within three months from commission, we will provide the following using appropriate on and offline methodologies:
- Parents and carers: Effective engagement with parents and carers will ensure that the eventual strategy best meets the needs of children and families and that ‘parent voice’ is heard
- Educators: We will engage with providers to ascertain their thoughts on how capital investment improve the quality of provision for children and young people with EHC plans.
- Other Local Authorities: Our work will help to form/develop partnerships for collaboration
The output of this work will demonstrate that the authority has fully considered how best to strategically invest funding to maximise community benefit. It will also see to strengthen partnership and/or build new ones to benefit children and families.