All 20 local areas in Tranche 1 have successfully completed their diagnostic and are now implementing their agreed plans.
All 22 local areas in Tranche 2 have successfully completed their diagnostic and are now implementing their agreed plans.
The emerging insight shared here is an interim update from Phase One of the programme. At the end of Phase One in spring 2024, these emerging findings will be added to by the findings from the Tranche 3 diagnostics. This will provide a complete picture of the evidence from all 54 DBV local areas of the total impact on outcomes for children and young people with SEND that can be achieved within the current framework.
and young people have been engaged directly
of children with SEND analysed by local practitioners for learnings so far
have been engaged as part of DBV, in addition to building on existing co-production work in local areas
and professionals have been involved from across health, social care and
have been engaged through survey or focus groups
The experience and views of these people has been added to nine million data points to create the interim DBV Phase One evidence base, and these numbers will increase upon completion of Tranche 3.
Through the diagnostics carried out so far, the evidence gathered suggests that there are three most common and impactful thematic ways in which outcomes for children and young people with SEND can be improved by local areas whilst working towards financial sustainability (reducing unmitigated growth of spend).
The themes are easy to summarise but delivering these improvements will require complex, system wide transformation with support from all local partners.
These may not be the three priority opportunities for improvement in every single local area, but the evidence suggests that these three opportunities are the common, high magnitude opportunities to improve services for children with SEND.
Ensuring that EHC plans deliver effective outcomes, and that an increasing number of post-16 young people with SEND are able to continue into further education, employment or training through ordinarily available provision.
In one local area, a team of specialist practitioners will offer expertise and support to early years providers, schools (primary & secondary mainstream) and other professionals to promote inclusion, raise aspirations and improve outcomes for children. Focusing on early identification and intervention, they will have a key role in determining the appropriate level of provision and support including monitoring the use of top up funding. The SENCo Handbook will support staff to fully meet the needs of children and young people with SEND across the local area. This will support the development of skills and knowledge and ensure a consistent approach across the local area.
Another local area will be developing a consistent framework of inclusion across the local area by supporting schools to complete “SEND Inclusion and Inclusive Practice Awards”. The award framework, supported by the SEN Code of Practice, focusses on removing barriers to learning through early identification, inclusive teaching and leadership. It promotes a pupil outcome focussed approach through evaluation and improvement of classroom practice and intervention. Completion of these awards will mean that mainstream schools in the area will be better equipped to support children and young people with complex learning needs.
One local area is aiming to improve the activities it undertakes to ensure parent carers are informed of the support and options available in the local area. Activities include children and young people/parent participation events to increase understanding of the support available in the local area and how to find information. The local area plans to hire a new Participation and Engagement Lead Practitioner to coordinate the approach and lead parent engagement activities.
Another local area is planning to improve well planned transitions by setting up groups of professional to focus on supporting pupils at key transition stages. The project also includes the development of a training programme which provides support and individual outreach to both schools and families. Reintegration plans will be supported through coordination with Education, SEND & Social Care.
One local area is piloting a single point of access for parent carers to get support. This should enable easier access to support, the provision of support at an earlier stage, and to reduce the need for specialist services.
A report will be published at the end of Phase One (in spring 2024) providing a summary of the complete findings from all of the DBV diagnostics.
In addition, a National Playbook will also be published in spring 2024, providing an open access toolkit to help all local areas complete diagnostic work autonomously in the future, and continue to sustainably improve the outcomes and experience of children and young people with SEND.
These outputs will help ensure that the learning across all 54 local areas supports DfE policy development and that the whole sector, beyond the 54 DBV LAs, is equipped to deliver future diagnostic activity that would lead to improved outcomes and experiences for children and young people with SEND and their families as well as a more sustainable financial footing for local authorities.