Consultation Hub

Welcome to Engage Barnet. This site will help you find and participate in consultations that interest you.  Recently updated consultations are displayed below; alternatively, search for consultations by keyword, postcode, interest etc.

You can also find out how we are using the results from consultations to inform decisions.

We Asked, You Said, We Did

Below are some of the issues we have recently consulted on and their outcomes.

Proposal to Expand Childs Hill Primary School

We Asked:

We asked how you felt about the proposal to expand Childs Hill Primary School from one and a half to two forms of entry (45 children per year group to 60 children per year group), in order to meet demand for school places in the surrounding area. The proposal explained that the expansion would be gradual, with the first intake of 60 pupils beginning in Reception for September 2016. 

You Said:

The survey for the school’s expansion showed that four out of six respondents supported the proposal (of which three strongly supported the proposal). A further respondent neither supported nor opposed the proposal, and one respondent strongly opposed the proposal. Two respondents raised concerns around the impact of increased traffic on air quality and parking. The governing body considered the responses and was satisfied that these concerns could be managed, and proceeded to the representation stage, which involved publishing a statutory notice. One representation was received during the representation period from Camden Council, which had no further comments or any objections to the proposed expansion. 

We Did:

The governing body of the school and the council considered the responses to both the initial consultation and the representation period and is recommending the expansion of Childs Hill Primary School, to come into effect on 1 September 2016. The school is committed to sustainable transport initiatives, securing TfL’s bronze sustainable travel accreditation annually since 2011, and has applied for gold accreditation this year. 

Children and Young People's Plan 2016-2020 Consultation

We Asked:

We asked for your views on the Draft Children and Young People’s Plan 2016 - 2020. We asked if you agreed with the vision, key outcomes and objectives in the Plan and if you thought there was anything missing which needed to be included. 

You Said:

Overall you supported the vision, key outcomes and priorities set out in the Plan, however, there were some comments around objectives that were missing. You also suggested that there needed to be more detail around how outcomes will be achieved. 

We Did:

The Children and Young People’s Plan 2016-2020 will be reviewed by the Health and Wellbeing Board in July 2016 and once approved we will publish it here and start work to reach the Plans aims. We are developing an action plan, taking on your feedback, to track progress (going to the Children, Education, Libraries and Safeguarding Committee later in 2016), including some more detailed activities which are being carried out to improve outcomes for children and young people in Barnet.

SEN Future Needs

We Asked:

We asked parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs, governors and headteachers/principals of schools and FE providers, neighbouring boroughs and local National Health Service trusts what they thought about the options for increasing the number of places to meet the future needs of children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN).

You Said:

We received and processed 66 completed questionnaires and met with the Barnet Parents and Carers Forum. Of those who identified their role, the majority were parents. You told us that there is a clear preference for the identified need for more provision to be met through a new special school to meet the needs of children with autism, with 65% supporting this option. 12% favoured a new Special Sixth Form Centre and 21% additional Additionally Resourced Provisions (ARPs).

You told us that you recognise the importance of providing specialist places as close to children’s homes as possible. 

We Did:

Your feedback gave us significant information on the future direction of the strategy for meeting future needs for children and young people with SEN. The results of the consultation were reported to the Children, Education, Libraries and Safeguarding Committee on 14th June 2016 and it was agreed that the Commissioning Director, Children and Young People will pursue the development of a new special school for children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD).   

During the consultation process, we ask for your feedback, you tell us and then we make positive changes. Public participation is key to our work. See what happens with We Asked, You Said, We Did.