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    DERBYSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL

    CABINET

    5 September 2006

Report of the Strategic Director for Children and Younger Adults

THE REVIEW OF SPECIAL EDUCATION IN DERBYSHIRE

    CHILDREN AND YOUNGER ADULT SERVICES

    - (Children’s Services)

    1. Purpose of Report This report summarises the consultation on the review and sets out modified proposals taking account of the consultation and of other developments in Children and Younger Adult Services.

    2. Information and Analysis On 14 February 2006, the Cabinet agreed to consult on the recommendations of the report on special education in Derbyshire Children’s Services.

    Two hundred and forty-five people attended sixteen consultation meetings across Derbyshire between then and 26 May.

    One hundred and thirty one questionnaires were received. There were sixty-nine letters in response.

Appendix A analyses the responses to consultation.

    The framework of the review and its general recommendations received broad support. Those who responded:

    ; support our aim of services for children and young people with

    learning disabilities and difficulties working together.

    ; think the proposals in the review will help meet children’s

    needs.

    ; agree that we should continue with a mix of provision in

    mainstream and special schools.

    ; are happy that we should seek to get best value by meeting

    Derbyshire children’s needs in Derbyshire schools, where we

    can do this successfully for the child.

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    ; agree with our plans to develop more specialist provision both

    in special and enhanced resource mainstream schools.

    ; support our proposals for early intervention and work with the

    youngest children.

    Four review proposals and one established policy received a high level of comment. Where replies did not agree with the review in general, this usually appeared to be because of one or more of these issues.

     Parents and some schools wanted further assurance about the

    policy agreed in January 2003 of meeting children’s special

    educational needs with less reliance on Statements.

     The SSSEN team and trade unions representing members of the

    team set out their concerns about the proposed restructuring of

    the service and advanced their own proposal.

     There was concern in the Alfreton area about combining

    Alfreton Park and The Delves special schools or co-locating

    them with a mainstream school.

     A number of respondents thought the review should have

    included provision, other than that in special schools, for

    children and young people with behavioural, emotional and

    social difficulties, and said there were gaps in our provision.

     Replies said a good deal of further work was needed to develop

    Working Together for children and young people with learning

    difficulties and disabilities.

    Appendix B sets out the Review recommendations, some of which have been modified in the light of views expressed during the consultation. Some of the recommendations in the original report have also been modified because of further developments in the Children and Younger Adults Department. While some recommendations are covered by existing policy, others require the preparation of specific proposals for consultation and further consideration by the Cabinet.

    3. Other Considerations In preparing this report the relevance of the following factors has been considered:- Prevention of Crime and Disorder, Equality of Opportunity; and Environmental, Health, Legal and Human Rights, Personnel and Property Considerations.

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    4. Background Papers Notes or copies of all responses to the

    consultation are held by the Children and Younger Adults

    Department and available for inspection.

5. Key Decision Yes.

    6. Strategic Director’s Recommendation That the Cabinet notes the

    responses to the consultation, considers the detailed

    recommendations contained in Appendix B to the report, and

    agrees to the preparation of a proposed plan for implementing the

    recommendations with detailed costs.

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     REVIEW OF

    SPECIAL EDUCATION

    IN DERBYSHIRE

    CHILDREN AND

    YOUNGER ADULT

    SERVICES

    Appendix A to Report to Cabinet

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    5 September 2006

    Analysis of Responses to Consultation on the Review Report

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    1. Introduction

     th February, 2006, Cabinet agreed to consult on the report on the On 28

    review of special education begun in November, 2003.

    This paper shows the level of response, and summarises the replies.

    2. The Process of Consultation

    2.1 Meetings

    Sixteen public meetings were held, chaired by Members or in one case by an officer. Officers made a presentation and noted the discussion.

Table A: Public consultation meetings

Venue Date Numbers attending

    Aldercar 20 March 7

    Alfreton 15 March 31

    Ashbourne 15 May 9

    Belper 27 April 17

    Bolsover 14 March 3

    Buxton 4 April 20

    Buxton 19 May 23

    Chapel en le Frith 16 March 15

    Chesterfield 26 April 14

    Chesterfield 17 May 29