- Local authorities have specific responsibilities in relation to children and young people with SEN and Disabilities (SEND).
This a vital role that local authorities retain in an increasingly school-led education system and one that requires long-term strategic planning.
This planning needs to be informed by detailed local knowledge and enhanced through consultation with parents and carers, and good relationships with local schools.
PAG works for local authorities throughout England in order to undertake strategic reviews of high needs provision for children and young people with SEND.
The outcomes of our work helps to inform and update Local Offer publications and transparent strategic SEND plans.
- Our support includes:
- Structured consultation with carers and parents
- Structured consultation with SEND stakeholders including statutory sector professionals; local support groups; special and mainstream schools and Resource Units; Alternative Provision settings
- Structured consultation with young people who have special needs and disabilities
- Value for money and commissioning reviews, including on the incidence of: out of area commissioning and commissioning (opportunities) within the mainstream sector
- Best/Good practice reviews and recommendations
- Benchmarking exercises
Ultimately our work also supports local authorities to create sufficient good school places for all pupils, including those with special educational needs and disabilities.