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West Northants SEND Improvement Board, Summary (21 March 2024)

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SEND Improvement Board, Summary (21 March 2024)

West Northants Voices in Partnership Updates:

  • Parent/carer survey nearing finalisation, there is just a filmed introduction to complete.
  • The parent career forum’s new website launch is imminent. Partnership feedback on the website would be much appreciated. 

Data Dashboard:

  • The latest partnership data dashboard was shared and the board discussed various data trends and challenges.
  • The number of requests for Statutory Assessments continues to increase and there are notable increases in the number of pupils with SEMH and SCLN needs.
  • The partnership agreed explore further triangulation of Early Help notification data to increase understanding of outcomes.
  • The Board agreed to widen the membership to further include additional colleague from Adults Social Care and Public Health.
  • Learning is to be taken from tribunal application reasons and complaint themes to shape future practice.
  • Innovative data models are in the very early stages of being tested in order to improve partnership data sharing/analysis in a format that is live and intuitive.
  • This will help the partnership identify children’s needs and improve long-term outcomes.

Transport Delivery Update:

  • Midway point of the consultation on Post-16 transport review for which the closing date has been extended to 17th April 2024.
  • Proposed changes and engagement with stakeholders was discussed including significant feedback from the parent carer forum.
  • Notable changes include the annual charge per academic year from £600 to £1,000.
  • Results of the consultation will help refine the policy before it is submitted to Cabinet in May. 

SALT and ASD/ADHD Updates: 

  • Current pressures and the improvement plans for the Speech & Language Therapy Service were discussed including staff investment and alignment to the SEND Ranges.
  • Priorities for Children & Young People’s Neurodiversity Workstream were outlined.
  • Improvement plans aim to address safer waiting and holistic support that meets children and young people’s needs, not just a diagnosis. 

Outcomes Framework:

  • The outcomes framework needs to be reviewed by all partners to include measures or impact which the partnership will come together on the 17th April for a finalisation session.
  • It was agreed that SEND Improvement Board would review its effectiveness and working arrangements at the April board meeting.
  • Brackley Area
  • Daventry Area
  • Northampton Area
  • Towcester Area
  • West Northamptonshire
  • Northamptonshire
Additional languages
Translation and/or Interpreting Available on Request
Age range
Suitable for ages from 0 to 25 years
Referral route
No Referral Needed
For people with
Special Educational Needs or a Disability (SEND)
Eligibility criteria
Open to Everyone
Provider category
Specialist Services - For those who require longer-term support


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Last updated 26 April 2024