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Welcome to our SEND Strategy

We sincerely thank all our partners and stakeholders, including our children, young people and parents and carers who have invested time and effort to create our SEND Strategy 2022-2025. To keep everyone up to date with how things are progressing, we'll continue to work in partnership with everyone to deliver on our commitments to children and young people with SEND.

Executive summary

Barnsley 2030

Our Barnsley 2030 vision commits to believing in the possibilities of Barnsley and to the future, with excitement and optimism. Our borough is a place that fosters and grows ambition, enabling everyone to be the best they can be. 

Barnsley 2030 is relevant to everyone in the borough, including children and young people with special education needs and those who are vulnerable. We all have an important role in working with our partners and stakeholders across the organisational, private, public, voluntary and community sectors to achieve the vision of Barnsley’s future and our long-term ambitions.

By 2030 we want everyone to benefit from, and contribute to, making our borough a thriving place of possibilities. 

SEND in our local area

Barnsley Council, Barnsley Integrated Care System (BICS) and the Barnsley Schools Alliance are committed to ensuring that support and provision for special educational needs and/or disability (SEND) are continually improved and that we build the trust and confidence of children, young people and parents/carers in Barnsley’s provision and services across education, health and care.

As a local area, we're ambitious for all our children and young people, inclusive of those who have SEND and/or who are vulnerable, which is why we have high expectations of our early years’ settings, schools, colleges and support services. We want all children and young people in Barnsley to have the best start in life in preparation for their continued progress to becoming young adults.

Just as importantly, we want all young people to have access to opportunities for training, education, employment and apprenticeships to help them gain the skills they need to become independent participants in the local community and to thrive.

As a local area, we have a strong focus on disadvantage and want to help everyone to access their right to an education, be included and achieve their full potential.  We take a values-based approach to ensure that children, young people and parents/carers experiences are fully embedded in how we evolve.

Our SEND Improvement Programme

Our SEND Improvement Programme underpins our SEND Strategy 2022-2025, providing an overview of current activities to be undertaken to achieve improvements in SEND provision and services across the local area. The actions have been specifically identified to improve outcomes for children and young people with SEND so that they have the best possible experiences and opportunities to equip them for their future.

What success looks like and how it's measured

We've included success criteria and a performance data in our SEND Improvement Programme, which will show where we were at the beginning of the strategy and how this changes over time, to where we want to be. 

The data we use includes performance data; things we can measure in numbers or percentages, and perceptive data; things we can measure by assessing where we are and how things have improved, according to our partners and stakeholders. We'll be reporting our progress every term so that we're transparent about what we achieve.

To maintain progress checks, progress, highlights and challenges will be reported at SEND Oversight Board and in quarterly reports to Cabinet throughout the life of the strategy. This will be discussed and monitored at all strategic meetings, workstreams and subgroups and progress against each action will be assessed.

Further information