Barnet Special Educational Places Plan consultation

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Proposal for additional Special Educational Needs provision in Barnet

Have your say on developing more specialist provision in Barnet for children and young people with complex special educational needs.

All local authorities have to regularly review and update their plans about their special educational needs provision. This is to ensure that there is enough of the right type of provision to meet current and future needs, keeping track of the needs of children with special educational needs coming through the education system.

Following an updated needs analysis, the council is consulting on proposals to develop additional specialist provision in Barnet for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). Ensuring that there is sufficient specialist provision in Barnet will enable children and young people with SEND to achieve the best educational outcomes as a result of accessing provision and support appropriate to their needs

What we are consulting on

We are seeking views on our proposals for additional specialist provision for children and young people in Barnet who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) for their complex special educational needs.

The Barnet SEN Special Places Plan Consultation Document sets out the information that we are using to inform the consultation proposals. In particular, the document aims to:

  • describe the gaps we have in our special educational needs provision in Barnet
  • present information on the type of provision we need in Barnet
  • show how we are proposing to use the capital allocation from the Special Provision Fund (this is a capital grant allocated to Barnet by the Department for Education to support the development of specialist provision for children and young people with special educational needs).


What we are proposing

Our proposals include expanding our current provision, as well as opening new provision in September 2022, as outlined below:

  • Expansion of existing provision at Oakleigh and Oak Lodge special schools (or annexes developed in 2021) and at Kisharon special school
  • Increasing the number of placements at the purpose built Additional Resource Provision (ARP) at Whitefields secondary school
  • Opening a new Secondary ARP for Cognition and Learning needs in 2022 with 8 places, rising to 24 places by 2024
  • Opening a new annex to an existing Special School with provision for pupils aged from 5 to 18 with complex special educational needs, including learning needs, Autism and associated social, emotional and mental health needs. This will be for 39 places from September 2022, rising to 71 places in September 2023
  • Opening a new Additional Resource Provision (ARP) for Cognition and Learning needs in a mainstream primary school in 2023 – 12 places in 2023 rising to 24 in 2024
  • For young people aged 19 to 25 years with SEND, we are proposing the expansion of Further education mainstream places, the expansion of the specialist Learning Difficulties provision at Barnet and Southgate College.

In addition, we are also proposing to increase the number of post-16 places at Oak Lodge special school.

There is growth in the number of Supported Internships available for young people with SEND. These will be increased by 10 places in 2022, rising by a further 55 additional places by 2024.


Your views are important to us

The consultation is open to all residents in Barnet, and we are keen to hear from parent carers of children and young people who have an EHCP, and other partners including schools and education settings in Barnet, and statutory and voluntary services who support children and young people in Barnet with special educational needs.


How to have your say

Please take the time to read our consultation document and then complete our online questionnaire.

For any further information, or to request the questionnaire in an alternative format, please email E&S.Support@Barnet.gov.uk, or telephone 020 8359 7288. Alternatively, you can write to us at:

SEN Department, Floor 2, 2 Bristol Avenue, Colindale, London NW9 4EW and mark it 'SEND Consultation'.

Proposal for additional Special Educational Needs provision in Barnet

Have your say on developing more specialist provision in Barnet for children and young people with complex special educational needs.

All local authorities have to regularly review and update their plans about their special educational needs provision. This is to ensure that there is enough of the right type of provision to meet current and future needs, keeping track of the needs of children with special educational needs coming through the education system.

Following an updated needs analysis, the council is consulting on proposals to develop additional specialist provision in Barnet for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). Ensuring that there is sufficient specialist provision in Barnet will enable children and young people with SEND to achieve the best educational outcomes as a result of accessing provision and support appropriate to their needs

What we are consulting on

We are seeking views on our proposals for additional specialist provision for children and young people in Barnet who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) for their complex special educational needs.

The Barnet SEN Special Places Plan Consultation Document sets out the information that we are using to inform the consultation proposals. In particular, the document aims to:

  • describe the gaps we have in our special educational needs provision in Barnet
  • present information on the type of provision we need in Barnet
  • show how we are proposing to use the capital allocation from the Special Provision Fund (this is a capital grant allocated to Barnet by the Department for Education to support the development of specialist provision for children and young people with special educational needs).


What we are proposing

Our proposals include expanding our current provision, as well as opening new provision in September 2022, as outlined below:

  • Expansion of existing provision at Oakleigh and Oak Lodge special schools (or annexes developed in 2021) and at Kisharon special school
  • Increasing the number of placements at the purpose built Additional Resource Provision (ARP) at Whitefields secondary school
  • Opening a new Secondary ARP for Cognition and Learning needs in 2022 with 8 places, rising to 24 places by 2024
  • Opening a new annex to an existing Special School with provision for pupils aged from 5 to 18 with complex special educational needs, including learning needs, Autism and associated social, emotional and mental health needs. This will be for 39 places from September 2022, rising to 71 places in September 2023
  • Opening a new Additional Resource Provision (ARP) for Cognition and Learning needs in a mainstream primary school in 2023 – 12 places in 2023 rising to 24 in 2024
  • For young people aged 19 to 25 years with SEND, we are proposing the expansion of Further education mainstream places, the expansion of the specialist Learning Difficulties provision at Barnet and Southgate College.

In addition, we are also proposing to increase the number of post-16 places at Oak Lodge special school.

There is growth in the number of Supported Internships available for young people with SEND. These will be increased by 10 places in 2022, rising by a further 55 additional places by 2024.


Your views are important to us

The consultation is open to all residents in Barnet, and we are keen to hear from parent carers of children and young people who have an EHCP, and other partners including schools and education settings in Barnet, and statutory and voluntary services who support children and young people in Barnet with special educational needs.


How to have your say

Please take the time to read our consultation document and then complete our online questionnaire.

For any further information, or to request the questionnaire in an alternative format, please email E&S.Support@Barnet.gov.uk, or telephone 020 8359 7288. Alternatively, you can write to us at:

SEN Department, Floor 2, 2 Bristol Avenue, Colindale, London NW9 4EW and mark it 'SEND Consultation'.

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