Agenda Item No
DERBYSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
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
; 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.
; 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
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.
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.
Appendix A to Report to Cabinet
5 September 2006
Analysis of Responses to Consultation on the Review Report
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
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