West Berkshire Council

Start date: 2018-06-11
End date: 2018-07-20
Results: 2018-10-29

Draft Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Strategy 2018 - 2023

This consultation is closed.


Our pdf icon draft strategy [596kb] details the overarching vision and direction for the next five years for the SEND system across West Berkshire. Our aim is for West Berkshire to be a place where every child or young person with SEND has a chance to succeed, and where no one gets left behind. It is also our commitment to improve the whole life outcomes of all children and young people with SEND, ensuring that that all local children reach their potential and are effectively prepared for their life beyond school, training and further education.

To achieve our ambitions for children and young people with SEND, we will continue to focus on closing the gap between those who already do well and those who may need extra support to thrive.

Why do we need a new strategy?

Through the Children and Families Act 2014 , the government introduced some of the most significant reforms to the SEND system for decades. Together with this radical overhaul, we are facing continuing and unprecedented financial challenges and increasing demand, which are all impacting on the way we plan and deliver SEND in West Berkshire. In essence, we need to think differently about how we plan and deliver support to improve outcomes for our children and young people with SEND.

How did we develop our draft strategy?


We developed our joint vision with parents and carers, our health, education and social care partners, schools and colleges and voluntary and community sector organisations through a series of visioning sessions.

Analysis and co-production

We undertook a review of the SEND system in West Berkshire. This involved gathering and analysing a range of data and information, and talking to parents and carers and different providers to answer these key questions:

  1. Is our pattern of provision for children and young people with SEND suitable to meet changing needs?
  2. Do parents and young people find it attractive?
  3. Will it be affordable within future financial allocations?

More information on our analysis can be found in section 6, page 12 in our draft strategy.

You can also refer to our pdf icon Equality Impact Assessment Stage One. [34kb]

Why do we want your views?

Our pdf icon draft strategy [596kb] represents a significant and radical review of the West Berkshire SEND system and has implications for future financial decision-making. It also signifies a cultural change in the way we approach, plan and deliver our support for children and young people with SEND.

To help shape our draft strategy into a final plan for Special Education Needs and Disabilities for the next five years, we want to gather the views of children and young people with SEND, their families and carers, professionals and practitioners in our partner agencies across all sectors including health, education, social care, schools and colleges, the voluntary and community sector.

How are we consulting?

The consultation is open from 11 June to midnight on 20 July 2018. The survey should take approximately 30 minutes to complete.

We are also holding a series of public events, please book your place using the links to Eventbrite below:

The Phoenix Centre, Newtown Road, Newbury

Best Western Calcot Hotel, Calcot

What you told us

We received 58 responses to the online consultation.

An outline of the findings and responses from the online consultation, and comments from the public events, can be found in the Consultation Findings Report.

What we did

All comments were considered and changes made to the strategy are shown in the Summary of Consultation Findings and Case for Changes Report

The final strategy was approved by Individual Executive Member Decision on 4 October 2018.

Who To Contact

West Berkshire's Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Disabled Children's Team

01635 503646