Collaboration and Working Partnership
There are many ways schools and education settings work in partnership to support children and young people with SEND:
Stakeholder Engagement – The Partnerships
The SEND Partnership
- Is a multi-agency stakeholder engagement group which has a central role in the development of strategy and initiatives in relation to SEND.
- Includes North Lincolnshire’s Parents’ Involvement and Participation (PIP) Forum, the Youth Council and representatives from across education, health, care, housing, leisure and transport.
The Inclusion partnership
- Is a multi-disciplinary partnership group that includes representatives from across the range of educational settings – mainstream and specialist – pre and post-16.
- Focuses upon championing inclusion and challenging exclusion of the most vulnerable, improving attainment and achievement and ensuring quality and sufficiency of education.
Examples of collaboration and partnership work between schools and education, health and care providers:
- Schools, colleges, post-16 and independent providers and the local authority have collaborated to promote housing advice about specialist schemes and ensure independent living is explored during EHCP reviews.
- All our education settings have identified Mental Health Champions as part of the Emotional Health and Well-Being Plans and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Transformation.
- A streamlined service between health and education has been co-ordinated to ensure standardised delivery of the Integrated Health Check.
- Parents, carers and professionals across education, health and care have worked together to develop a Sensory Needs Framework which builds upon the existing multi-disciplinary/multi-agency approach to sensory needs assessment and intervention in North Lincolnshire.
- Schools, colleges, post-16 and independent providers promote coordinated housing advice about specialist schemes and ensure independent living is explored during EHCP reviews.
- Headway is a new inclusion support provision which has opened at Baysgarth School in Barton-Upon-Humber. Funded by Department for Education (DfE) SEND Capital Funding, Headway includes a new two-classroom extension and a refurbishment of the Skills Centre on the site, to make the facility more practical and adapted to pupils’ needs. Further funding has been allocated to develop two new inclusion support provisions in Scunthorpe and the Isle of Axholme. These will mainly support young people with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs to successfully access mainstream school provision.
- Our EHC Hub is a new online area for families, professionals and education settings to work together and contribute on EHC assessments, plans and reviews.
- Partnership with schools and colleges ensures that robust forums exist for making and moderating decisions regarding the education (and in some cases care) placement of vulnerable children and young people. These are:
- Primary Fair Access and Inclusion Panel.
- Secondary Fair Access and Inclusion Panel.
- Post-16 Engagement Panel.
- Special Educational Needs and Disability Advisory Panel (SENDAP).
- Complex Care and Integrated Commissioning Panel (Complex Needs).
- SENCos continue to facilitate networking opportunities which feed into the North Lincolnshire SENCo Network.