The establishment of targeted mainstream provision for children and young people with SEND at Caedmon College

Consultation on the establishment of targeted mainstream provision for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities at Caedmon College in Whitby

Purpose of this consultation page

Following discussions with the governors and the headteacher, Caedmon College has been selected to deliver a targeted mainstream provision. We are now asking for your views on this proposal as part of the statutory process which is required before alterations of these kind are made to maintained schools.

Public meeting

There will be a virtual (online) public meeting on Thursday, 7 July 2022 at 6pm. If you wish to be part of this virtual meeting could you please let us know by providing your email address and joining instructions will be provided.

What will the targeted mainstream provision look like?

Schools have the flexibility to refine their model of delivery but in general the new provision will:

  • Provide eight full time places for six children and young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan and two ‘flexible’ places for children needing to access the provision for short-term assessment and support.
  • Specialise in meeting the needs of children and young people with communication and interaction.
  • Have access to a range of therapies and specialist training opportunities to ensure children are fully supported
  • Increase the opportunities for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities to access mainstream education together with more specialised small group interventions and support
  • Be funded on a ‘place’ basis similar to special schools and in line with national guidance.

Background to the proposal

We have a duty to keep its special education provision under review and ensure there is the right type of provision and enough places to meet the needs of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

We want all children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities in North Yorkshire to;

  • have the best educational opportunities so that they achieve the best outcomes;
  • be able to attend a school or provision locally, where they can make friends and be part of their local community; and
  • make progress with learning, have good social and emotional health and be prepared for a fulfilling adult life.

We know that there are more children and young people being identified as having special educational needs in North Yorkshire and we expect this increase to continue. We need to make sure that we have the right type of education provision in the right place to meet their needs. We know that a number of our children and young people have to go to school outside North Yorkshire, and we want to avoid this wherever possible.

We have developed a strategic plan for educating children with special educational needs and/or disabilities which aims to create a better offer of provision for children and young people, improved communication, enable more local decision making, and reduce costly out of county placements. This plan was approved in September 2018 and the proposal to implement the targeted mainstreams provisions were the approved on 31 March 2020. We are now implementing the actions within it and one of these actions requires us to alter the designation to include an special educational needs unit of those schools involved.

This page explains the proposal that we are consulting on with regard to the individual school in question. You can read more about the strategic plan on the SEND specialist support and inclusion page so that you can see where this aspect of provision fits within the wide range of provisions established or being developed.  We recommend that you read this documents before responding to the survey and giving us your views on the individual proposal.

How are we consulting?

We have already carried out a consultation exercise on the SEND Strategic Plan from 18 May 2018 to 28 June 2018 and then subsequently from 6 February 2020 to 15 March 2020 on the specific issue of establishing targeted mainstream provisions. This current school organisation proposal is purely about the establishment of a targeted provision.

We are asking you to give your views on the school organisation proposals. If you would like a paper copy of the survey or an alternative format, please call our customer service centre on 01609 780 780

Online responses may be submitted using the button below:

Have your say here

What is the timescale?

The closing date for responses is 29 July 2022. All responses to the consultation received by this date will be considered by our executive on 20 September 2022. If the executive decides to proceed with the proposal, then statutory notices would be published in the local press on 29 September 2022. These notices provide a further four weeks for representations to be made. A final decision would then be made by the executive on 8 November 2022.

Information about our equalities impact assessment

We have carried out an equalities impact assessment. We will update this following comments received during the consultation and councillors will consider it again before they make a decision on implementing the proposal. The equalities impact assessment has identified that there will be an impact on young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities and if changes are made to current special educational needs and/or disabilities education services, we will offer support to families to adapt to those changes.

We anticipate that, if the proposal is implemented, it may bring positive impacts to young people and their families, particularly by enabling more young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities to be educated in their own community and achieve better outcomes.  We anticipate that with more local provision children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities will have more opportunities to attend a local school that is closer to home and will help them achieve better educational and social outcomes.