Investing in our High Needs Children and Young People survey 2018

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The council provides services to help children and young people who have special education needs and disabilities (SEND) as well as those with the highest level of support needs to access education.

What we are proposing

We are developing a new plan to look at how we improve aspects of education for children and young people with SEND and high needs in Bristol and make them more efficient. The plan is looking at reviewing the impact of many different areas of work and we are putting children and young people’s aspirations at the heart of this.

We have identified four parts of the SEND and High Needs service where we think improvements could be made. These are:

Top Up (click here for further information)

Top Up is extra money that education settings can apply for to support children and young people with the highest needs and SEND.

An ‘education setting’ is a term that describes where a child or a young person gets their education from their early years through to when they are older than 16.

Top Up isn’t a set amount of money per child or young person – the amount is based on the specific needs of individuals and depends on what support has already been tried before, and what things are proven to help.

A panel of professionals, teachers and local authority professionals, known as a Peer Panel, decides if an education setting should get top up funding on a case-by-case basis, based on the evidence provided. The panel decides if the education setting gets funding for the next 12 months. The impact that the funding has had is then reviewed before the end of that period.

Early Intervention Bases (click here for further information)

Alternative provision and Early Intervention Bases (EIB) provide children and young people with an intensive level of support over a short period of time. They can help children and young people facing difficulties to overcome them and re-join a suitable education setting afterwards. This support is available for children and young people with SEND and the highest needs. It is also available for individuals without SEND, who have high levels of challenging behaviour or particularly complex social care needs.

Bristol Hospital Education Service (click here for further information)

The Bristol Hospital Education Service (BHES) provides education for children and young people (4-16 years old usually) who can’t attend school for medical reasons. Much of this teaching takes place at home while students are unwell. Teaching can also take place within hospitals if young people cannot be treated at home and are likely to spend time in hospital for extended periods.

Wider support services (click here for further information)

The council has a range of other services which support children and young people with SEND up to the age of 25 and those with the highest needs. These services include:

Staff working for these teams provide a wide range of services. Many teams work directly with children and young people and education settings to provide the support needed for those with SEND as well as the highest needs.

Each of these parts of the service is described in the survey below along with what we think needs to change and what differences we think the changes could make.

We would like to know what you think are the priorities for the each of these areas of the service and what you think of our suggested changes. We also ask you for your ideas.