Have your say on the aspects of SEND services in Stockport

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Have your say on the aspects of SEND services in Stockport

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Residents, parents, carers and young people are being asked to share their views on the future provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) as part of a public consultation that that opens on Friday 9th October and will run for eight weeks closing on Friday 4th December 2020.

The consultation comes after a six-month review was undertaken of the £32m that Stockport spends on our SEND provision in the High Needs Funding block of the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG).  The DSG is the budget that the government allocates to the council every year to fund local schools and education services.  

The High Needs Funding is spent on top up funding for children and young people with  Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs), all places at our specialist schools, resourced units, Pupil Referral Units and external placements (including independent school places) and also funds some of our support services.

The review was undertaken because we needed to:

  • Make sure that the money is spent to achieve the best outcomes for young people
  • Understand where the money is being spent and what we spend it on
  • Make sure we best meet needs with the funding available

The review recommended a five-year change programme to ensure that the good work achieved in Stockport is built on, and to ensure that we have the best outcomes for our children and young people with SEND.

The findings of the review made a number of recommendations, the consultation will focus on initial proposals that require public consultation in the following areas:

  • Early help and SEN support
  • Specialist settings
  • Emotional wellbeing
  • Inclusion and pupil referral units
  • The public consultation will ensure that we have listened to and gathered views and feedback from as wide a group as possible, to inform the development of the final proposals.
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Cllr. Colin Foster, Cabinet member for Children, Family Services and Education said that  "Following on from the detailed report on High Needs Block of the Dedicated School Grant, this consultation is about proposals to meet the many, varied and changing needs of children and young people with Special Needs Educational and Disabilities.

This is a particularly important consultation providing the basis of services for the next five to ten years. The results of this consultation will be considered in 2021 with final decisions being made in June 2021.”

A 64-page summary of the review and stakeholder briefing presentation and video can be viewed in the consultation website (see link below)

To have your say on the future of SEND provision and view the consultation, visit:


The consultation will close on Friday 4th of December 2020.

If you have any questions about the consultation or the review then please can you email these to: DSG@stockport.gov.uk

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Focus Group Recruitment

In addition to the online public consultation currently being undertaken by Stockport MBC on the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) Review, we are also running a number of focus groups to understand individuals’ perspectives on the recommendations that have been put forward. These will be taking place online via Zoom: 

  • Parents and carers of a child who is accessing SEND Support- 18th November 2020 at 19:15- 20:30. This focus group will be facilitated by PACTs (Parent and Carers Together Stockport) and Stockport Council. 
  • Parents and carers of a child who has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)- 18th November 2020 at 10:30 This focus group will be facilitated by Qa Research, an independent market and social research organisation, on behalf of Stockport Council.

Parents and carers of children and young people who attend a Pupil Referral Unit (PRU)- 19 November 2020 at 10:30.  This focus group will be facilitated by  Qa Research, an independent market and social research organisation on behalf of Stockport Council. 

If you would like to take part in a focus group, please email your name, email and phone number and indicate which workshop you would like to take part in to DSG@stockport.gov.uk

If you have expressed an interest the EHCP or PRU focus groups your details will then be passed to Qa Research, an independent market and social research organisation, who will then select at random and contact participants. By leaving your contact details, you agree to Stockport MBC sharing your contact information with Qa for this purpose.  Please note that expressing an interest does not guarantee that you will be invited to take part in the focus group, and we are not able to offer a choice in which focus group you attend if you are eligible to be part of more than one group. Those that are selected and take part will receive £20 as a thank you for their time and contribution. 

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