SEND strategies and policies

SEND is Everybody’s Business

A strategy to provide inclusion for children and young people aged 0-25 with special educational needs and disabilities in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

The strategy sets out our vision, principles and priorities to ensure that we are working together effectively to identify and meet the needs of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) from birth to the age of 25.

We want all young people to:
Dream big - Achieve well - Have choice - Control - Lead happy and fulfilled lives

The three priorities which have been identified to achieve this are:

  • SEND is everybody’s business - embedding the vision of the SEND Strategy into the practice of everyone who works with children and families in ways that strengthen families
  • Identify and respond to needs early - a holistic and joined up early identification of and graduated response to needs
  • Deliver in the right place at the right time – improving outcomes for children and young people through making best use of resources, ensuring a graduated response and high quality local support and provision

Our commitment is that everybody can be:
Aspirational - Confident - Healthy - Included - Respected - Safe – Successful

Through this joint strategy we want to make SEND everybody’s business. The work is led by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough SEND Executive Board. This is the local partnership that brings together organisations and parent carer forums responsible for services and support for children, young people and families in a shared commitment to achieving our vision.It will be supported by an action plan that will set out in more detail how we will do this.

Our SEND Pledge sets out how we can all work together to help children and families with SEND to achieve their potential as well as for other publications and materials.

SEND Strategy - Final Nov 19
November 2019
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SEND Strategy appendices - Nov19
Created Nov 19
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Our SEND Pledge
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 “A huge thank you to everyone who contributed their thoughts and ideas in the consultation on the draft strategy in November 2018.”

SEND Strategy Feedback Presentation-2
A wide range of individual views were provided as additional comments in the survey responses. A number of themes identified including workforce development and accountability will be reflected in the development of the action plan.
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Other specific strategies and plans for supporting children and young people with SEND

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SEN Support Expectations 6.3.19 PDF
Introductory guidance for Governors, Head Teachers, SENCos, Class Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Parents and Carers.
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Emotionally-based school refusal guidance
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Special educational needs capital funding

We must ensure there are enough good school places for all pupils whose parents want them educated in the state-funded sector, including those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The Government has allocated us £2,498,290 from the special provision capital fund to spend over the next three years, to help us create new places at existing good or outstanding providers, improve existing facilities or develop new facilities that will benefit children and young people with education, health and care plans (EHCPs). We expect to receive the first portion of funding in the Summer 2018.

Our special provision capital plan

Our special provision capital plan sets out how we intend to invest this funding. As the plan develops, we'll amend and re-publish it, subject to consultation.

SEND-Capital-Funding (July-19-update)
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Guidance for schools and settings

Cambridgeshire's SEND guidance for schools and settings outlines the expectations from the SEND Code of Practice (2014) and highlights requirements and best practice in meeting the needs of children and young people with SEND.

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As part of the guidance, the following document contains information on interventions for children and young people who have additional literacy, maths, behaviour and speech and communication needs. 

Assessments for schools

Our SEND Specialist Services have brought together information on a number of assessments which may be useful for schools who need to further investigate a child’s strengths and difficulties to identify potential special educational needs. The assessment tools listed cover different areas of learning and behaviour. They have been chosen so that schools can analyse particular needs and put appropriate support in place. These tools are not diagnostic, neither are they meant to replace the current, effective ways schools have of assessing progress. The tools selected can be used by teachers and do not require additional training.

Schools and settings 

All schools and early years settings are able to support children with special educational needs (SEN).

They must have an SEN policy which outlines how they support children with additional needs. All schools should have a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo), a teacher responsible for making sure that the needs of children with SEN are identified, assessed and reviewed. Early Years settings will also have a person responsible for making sure that children with SEN are supported.

Each year, all maintained schools and nurseries must produce an Information Report, which has to be on their website, describing the way they support pupils with SEND.  Please visit individual school's websites for details.