News and events for SEND children and young people

Find the latest information and events for children and young people with SEND and their families.

A number of changes to the home to school transport policy have been made following consultation.

  1. Removal of the free transport statement for special educational needs and disability (SEND) students, aged post 16 to 18, with an education health and care plan (EHCP) from September 2018, to bring it in line with mainstream transport arrangements;
  2. Recognise SEND post-19 students as adults in education, and identify unmet transport needs in line with the council’s adult social care assessment; and
  3. Increase parental transport allowance to 45 pence per mile for all school aged children, when no other transport option is available.

Following a decision on 16 May 2018 the revised home to school transport policy was approved by the council. However, it was agreed that the enhanced parental transport allowance would be subject to a further 30 day consultation to provide more information for parents and carers on how the allowance would be calculated. The consultation was held between 18 June and 13 July 2018. The outcome of the consultation was considered by the corporate director for the children and young people's service and the lead executive member. A final decision was made on 24 July.

It was agreed that the enhanced parental transport allowance will be implemented following consultation on the best way to take account of individual circumstances. The allowance will only be available to solo travellers with an education, health and care plan and is a voluntary agreement with families. The allowance will be introduced for parents and carers with children who are eligible for transport assistance and require additional support and supervision from someone other than the driver, as identified as part of their assessment of special educational needs.

The meeting notes about the decision can be found here. If you would like more information, please email gail.chester@northyorks.gov.uk.

We recently consulted on changes to the provision of overnight short breaks for families with disabled children and young people.

This consultation closed on 19 June 2018.

You can see more information about the consultation here.

We recently consulted on changes to our policy for home to school transport, specifically for those with special educational needs or disabilities.

The consultation has now closed. Recommendations for the proposed changes to the home to school transport policy will be discussed at the executive meeting on 24 April. You can find out more about the proposed changes here.

The government consulted on proposals to change the blue badge scheme to include people with non-physical conditions. This would include dementia and autism.

This is part of the government’s objective to ensure that those people with the greatest need have access to badges, whilst ensuring the scheme remains sustainable.

The consultation closed on 18 March 2018.

You can see the progress of this consultation on the GOV.UK website here.

Twice each year, in May and November, we will be inviting you to come along to meet members of the North Yorkshire special educational needs and disabilities service. 

We will be visiting five locations across the county based on feedback received from families, and this is an opportunity for you to find out about developments in SEND and to speak to representatives from various support services. Whilst they are not intended for individual case discussion, we will be able to point you in the right direction should you be experiencing difficulty. 

You will also have an opportunity to let us know how you would like us to work with you in future to develop our services. We appreciate any feedback you provide and will continue to respond to your comments. NYPACT and local parents support groups are helping us to manage these events and will also be available where possible.

We’ve taken the opportunity to link the November sessions for this year with work to review educational provision for children and young people with SEND. We will still hold an event in each of the five areas, which will provide an update on progress and some proposals put forward by localities for special education, which will form the basis of a strategic plan for North Yorkshire to be published in September 2018. You can find further information in relation to the events and the work on the strategic plan here.

More details of the events will be shown here soon, but if you would like to receive information from us directly, why not join our virtual reference group? This is a way of us keeping in touch with you directly so you don’t miss out on any opportunities of information. Just send us an email that you would like to register for our virtual reference group and we will send you emails from time to time with information and updates. 

These events are not intended to be used for individual case discussion; if you need to speak to someone about your child, please contact he SEN admin team on 01609 532299 or email sen@northyorks.gov.uk.

The latest national data release has revealed North Yorkshire is addressing the challenges presented by the new SEND code of practice challenge more effectively than other local authorities.

The timeliness of producing new education, health and care plans (EHCPs) in North Yorkshire is better than both the national and regional rate. The national rate for issuing EHCPs within the statutory 20 week timescale was 55.7 per cent. The rate in North Yorkshire was 73.9 per cent. 

North Yorkshire has also been revealed to be one of the most effective authorities in transferring children with special needs from the old statement of SEN provision to the new EHC plan provision. The national rate of transfers from statements to EHCPs at the beginning of 2016, was 32.7 per cent, whilst in North Yorkshire it was 61.3 per cent. Additionally, the national increase in funded EHCPs and statements since the end of June 2016 was 12 per cent, with the rate of increase in North Yorkshire at 16 per cent.

Whilst North Yorkshire is performing well compared to the national picture in converting all statements of SEN to an EHC plan, we continue working to ensure the process is completed by the deadline of 31 March 2018.

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