SEND strategy, guidance and supporting documents

Listed below are descriptions of, and links to, some of the key strategies, guidance documents, and data that support Barnsley's local offer.

Threshold descriptors

Where a child has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than their peers, or a disability that prevents them from using the facilities offered by the setting, which means they need special educational provision, the setting should make that provision.

The threshold descriptors outline the additional/specialist provision made for early years, schools and post-16.

SEND strategy

This is a two year strategy to fundamentally review and reconfigure services and partnerships in Barnsley to deliver the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) reforms effectively and improve outcomes for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. 

Short breaks statement

Short breaks provide disabled children and children with complex health needs with enjoyable experiences away from their primary carers, as well as giving parents and families a necessary and valuable break.

Our short breaks statement reflects the vision of Barnsley Children and Young People's Trust, which is to ensure children and young people in Barnsley, who are disabled or who have complex health (including palliative) care needs, receive co-ordinated, high quality child and family centred services.

SEND code of practice

The Code of Practice contains statutory guidance on duties, policies and procedures, relating to Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014, for organisations that work with and support children and young people who have special educational needs or disabilities.

Joint Strategic Needs Assessment

Barnsley's JSNA is an assessment of the current and future health, social care and wellbeing needs of Barnsley's population.

Information from the JSNA gives our Health and Wellbeing Board a clear and shared understanding of local health needs which helps them to produce our Health and Wellbeing Strategy and other key strategies for the borough. T 

Health and wellbeing strategy

The strategy explains how our Health and Wellbeing Board will work together with other partners to reduce health inequalities, join up services and improve the health and wellbeing of Barnsley resident. It's purpose is to help Barnsley residents to take control of their health and wellbeing and enjoy happy, healthy and longer lives, in safer and stronger communities, whoever they are and wherever they live. 

Health and wellbeing data

Our health and wellbeing data provides a picture of people’s health, wellbeing and lifestyle in Barnsley. It includes information on:

  • life expectancy
  • the main illnesses - known as long term conditions
  • lifestyle and behaviours - such as smoking
  • mental health and well-being

Education data

Our education data gives an overview of the educational needs of the borough’s residents and their children. 

Interim inclusion grant

An interim Inclusion Grant is available to settings, as short term funding, to support the inclusion of children who they’ve identified as having an additional need that prevents them from fully accessing the provision they offer.

The grant should be used to provide enhanced support to enable children to be included and able to take part in activities. Settings can, for example, use the funding to:

  • employ an additional worker to support enhanced staff ratios in sessions
  • purchase specialist equipment to meet the specific needs of a child

The grant is only available once for an individual child.