Children's services and school plans

Children's services in Barnsley produce all kinds of plans.  Some we have to produce to meet legislation; others we have to write when our services have been inspected.  Whatever the reason for writing them, all our plans help us provide better services for children, young people and families in the borough.

One of the most important plans we write is our Children and Young People’s Plan. This is a joint three year plan setting out what partners of the Children and Young People’s Trust intend to do to improve outcomes for children and young people in Barnsley.

Our 365 leaflet sets out very simply the vision, priorities and outcomes from our children’s plan. We’ve also produced a young people’s version of the 365 leaflet working with a group of our youth councillors,

These are some of our key plans and publications.

Anti poverty

Making Poverty Everyone’s Business’; the Anti-Poverty Strategy sets out our approach to supporting people in Barnsley affected by poverty.

Barnsley Anti-Poverty Board was established on 25 April 2012 to address the cumulative negative impacts of the continuing recession, the government’s austerity measures and welfare reforms upon the residents, services and local economy in Barnsley.

This work contributes directly to the achievement of the shared and complementary visions and core priorities of Barnsley Council and its partners as defined in the BMBC Corporate Plan, the Economic Strategy, and Health and Wellbeing Strategy. These drive and co-ordinate our joint efforts to develop Barnsley in the 21st century as a borough offering ‘prosperity and a high quality of life for all’ populated by healthy, safe and fulfilled  residents ‘who can support their families and communities and live healthy independent lifestyles’.

Barnsley Anti-Poverty Board commissioned the strategy to align the work of the previous Child and Family Poverty Strategic Framework, Financial Inclusion Strategy, and Welfare Reform Action Plan. The strategy outlines our partnership approach to supporting Barnsley residents affected by poverty and achieving efficiencies by streamlining and co-ordinating the work under one strategy managed and monitored by the one Board.

Early years and childcare

Childcare Sufficiency Assessment Annual Report is an analysis of the demand and supply of childcare across the borough to meet the needs of local parents. Under the 2006 Childcare Act, every council has a legal duty to produce a Childcare Sufficiency Assessment (CSA) every three years, commencing April 2008 (with an annual update).

Education and learning

Barnsley Challenge Strategic Overview sets out the Barnsley Challenge's commitment to improve education, achievement and employability; improve the life chances of the most vulnerable children; keep children safe and make a significant contribution to mitigating the effects and causes of family poverty. The aim of the Barnsley Challenge is for all primary and secondary schools to be judged by Ofsted as good or better by the end of 2016.

Barnsley Challenge Action Plan Expected Outcomes are the expected outcomes for each of the strategic priorities contained in the Barnsley Challenge Strategic Overview.

School Improvement and Quality Assurance Policy describes how Barnsley Council supports school improvement and quality assures schools locally. It describes how we fulfil the statutory functions to monitor, challenge, support and intervene in inverse proportion to effectiveness. It also describes how we fulfil our role as ‘Champion for Children’

Special educational needs and disability

One Path, One Door Strategy sets out what Barnsley is doing to make sure that children with a disability, special educational need, learning difficulty, or complex health need are offered better life chances. Our progress against the strategy was reviewed in 2010 and 2011:One Path, One Door Review - March 2010 and One Path, One Door Review - November 2011. Our next review will be in 2015.

Special Educational Needs Handbook is an important tool to support schools and the council in providing quality support to children and young people with special educational needs and their families. 

Young people

Our Young People's Health and Wellbeing Strategy sets out a framework for collaborative working to improve health outcomes for young people in Barnsley. It sets seven key priorities for action that will make a real impact on young people's lives, including how improvements in these key areas will be planned, monitored and evaluated over the next three years.

School plans

All schools are expected to have a School Development Plan or Improvement Plan. These plans set out how the school is planning its future.  Every school also publishes a school prospectus to give parents all the information they need to know about the school.

When you're looking for a school for your child, comparing the prospectuses of the different schools in your area can help you make your choice.  They contain all sorts of important information about the school: school session times, school uniform, number of classes and so on.

To find out about individual school plans or access school prospectuses, go to our schools page for individual school details and links to their websites.