Resourced Provision for Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Closed 26 Jul 2017

Opened 12 Jun 2017


As part of our review of our current Resourced Provision model we are seeking to:

  • Remove provision for which there is little demand or where need can be met through more local solutions
  • Develop fair provision across the county so that, regardless of where children live they can expect the same level and quality of provision
  • Recognise the growth in population with needs on the autistic spectrum
  • Seek to develop a model of provision which does not adversely impact on schools’ admission arrangements.

Why We Are Consulting

In 2003 Cumbria County Council adopted a policy for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Part of this was the development of Resourced Provision which works alongside dedicated special schools in Cumbria. 

What is Resourced Provision?

Some primary and secondary schools received extra funding to develop expertise and provide support to children within a specific category of special educational need. This included hearing or visual impairments, physical disabilities, emotional and behavioural difficulties. This meant that fewer children had to go to dedicated special schools, and could attend mainstream schools with other children of the same age.

Although Resourced Provision was a positive step, this was not split equally across the county. It was not always placed to support good progression routes from primary into secondary school, and onwards into further education. There have also been several legislative changes for children with SEND, most recently via the Children and Families Act 2014.  In addition a number of the key drivers to the 2003 strategy have changed:

•    The pattern of need has changed significantly

•    Building improvements have made more local schools accessible for children with physical disabilities

•    A large reduction in requests for resourced provision for physical medical needs

•    Many more schools have improved their support for children with a wide range of medical conditions

•    Hearing and visual impairment needs are directly met through support into a child’s local school

•    The current model for Resourced Provision means some schools have more admission requests from children with Education, Health and Care Plans. This can jeopardise the ability of those schools to meet the needs of all children.

Because of these changes it we are reviewing our current Resourced Provision model.

We want to encourage schools and others to come forward with their own ideas about the future of resourced provision and the pupils who currently use it. Some discussions have already taken place about links between special and mainstream schools about colocation, and these ideas need to be considered as part of this wider process.

Further information including questions and answers, list of designated schools and map of resourced provision is available in the related documents section below.

What Happens Next

This informal consultation period comes to a close 20 July 2017, we will review all feedback and develop a proposals for formal consultation later in September. There will be a further consultation in the future focusing on the provision available in individual schools, and prior to any changes being made.

Further consultations will be undertaken on the nature of the provision proposed for individual schools and areas of the county during the autumn term, once the results of this consultation have been taken into account. We do not currently envisage any changes being implemented prior to September 2018, although this will depend on the options chosen. Some empty places may be decommissioned in 2017-18. The date(s) for any changes to be made will be included in the further consultation planned for the autumn term.



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