The Education Local Offer will be maintained and improved with the help of parents, carers, children and young people.
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council want all our children and young people to achieve and live fullfiling lives. We want our young people to achieve the best outcomes possible. With this in mind we have published our SEND Strategy for your information. The strategy recognises that all stakeholders need to work together particularly Schools, Colleges, Health, Social Care (including Adult services) and the voluntary sector. The strategy ensures that we are all working together through a common vision.
Solihull’s Strategy for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) 0-25 (2017-2020) is due to be reviewed. In 2019 Solihull co-produced a Code for Inclusion with schools, early years settings, Local Authority (LA) officers, parents and young people, to be the foundation on which the LA, health, social care and education strategic work and policies, including Solihull’s Inclusion and SEND Strategies are based. The Solihull Code for Inclusion is underpinned by three key values
- We are child and family centred
- We are solution focussed
- We are all responsible and accountable
These three key values are articulated through 15 Key Themes.
It is intended that the Code for Inclusion will provide a shared value base that will underpin the new 2020- 2025 SEND Strategy and form part of a wider education, health and social care ‘Inclusion Strategy’. The Inclusion Strategy will strive to enable all children and young people in Solihull to be happy, healthy, safe and prosperous and to access settings and services to meet their needs.
Here you can view the Solihull Accessibility Strategy 2016-2019
Solihull SENDIAS (Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support) are here to support children and young people with SEND and their parents/carers.
Our aim is to enable children and young people and their parents/carers to make informed decisions about their child’s education. Information, advice and support for children and young people with SEND and their parents/carers will be impartial. The service is free to access, confidential and provides accurate, comprehensive, understandable information.
North Solihull Additional Needs Parent Support Group is a group set up by parents for parents. We are parents that have children with disabilities and understand the stresses and concerns this brings. We also understand the sheer pleasure we get from the tiniest of achievements.
If you have a child/children with an additional need and require support, advice or just to sit and have a cuppa with others that “just get it”, then please join our group. We also offer workshops where we invite key professionals along to talk to families direct, run courses, events, coffee mornings, SEN sensory Christmas parties, signposting and much more.
For information on alternative provision please visit - www.solgrid.org.uk/education/alternative-provision.
We have agreed with schools and their governing bodies what should be available for children and young people in mainstream schools and early years settings. For information on what a specific school or setting can offer visit the school, governor and local authority responsibilities page.
In April 2013 the government introduced changes to how schools are funded for SEN page. These changes are to help schools and settings to provide appropriate support to children and young people with additional needs.
Some 2 year olds are entitled to up to 15 hours per week Early Education Funding. To find out more about the criteria and how to apply for 2 year old funding please visit the following Family Information Service webpage.
The term following your child's third birthday they will be entitled to up to 15 hours per week Early Education Funding. From Autumn 2017 they could receive up to 30 hours per week funding. To find out more about 3 and 4 year old funding, including the 30 hours extended entitlement, please visit the following Family Information Service webpage.
The Family Information Service has information on Ofsted registered childcare, childcare funding options, events, activities and support for parents.
For information on Home Education (Elective Home Education) please click here.
These guidelines have been developed by the local authority in partnership with other stakeholders. The purpose of this guidance is to support governors, head teachers and proprietors in setting clear expectations of behaviour and/ or codes of practice relevant to the provision of intimate care. It is also to assist adults working with children and young people to establish what safe, respectful and appropriate intimate care involves and the importance of regular line management, supervisory support and needs led training.
If there is no suitable provision in Solihull, we will consult with local authorities surrounding Solihull for places in schools maintained by those authorities. Information about these schools will be found on the Local Offer websites of those authorities.
Occasionally pupils will be placed at a school on the list of:
- Independent Special Schools in England including non-maintained special schools excluding section 41 Special Schools and Colleges.
- Special Schools and Colleges approved under section 41 in England and Wales.
These lists are maintained by the Department for Education and can be viewed here.
For information about Personal Budgets for children and young people with special education needs and / or disabilities please view the Solihull Council Personal Budgets Factsheet
A number of Solihull mainstream schools have sixth forms. The entry criteria for each sixth form can be found on the school websites.
Information about Solihull special schools that have post 16 provision can be found in the service directory.
Colleges in and around Solihull support young people with additional needs or disabilities.
Young people with additional needs may also want to consider apprenticeships.
The Local Offer service directory lists all schools in Solihull giving contact details and links to their websites for further information. This includes links to information on what each school is offering.
Each school must publish on their website:
- How they identify and support the special educational needs of a child or young person.
- How they work with parents and agencies to support this.
All Solihull Schools should have this information on their website or a link to this information. For further information please see the School and governor responsibilities webpage.
Solihull SEN Banding – document for Schools, families and all stakeholders that gives clear information and guidance and description of the different categories of special educational needs that children and young people may experience. It also states the requirements and provision that Schools need to put in place to support a childs additional needs. This document also supports Schools in evidencing a graduated approach to need and the requirements it has deemed that a request for Statutory Assessment for an EHCP is required.
The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to educational settings in Solihull, on the assessment and provision of adaptations and equipment for children and young people with SEND. Educational settings include; private and school based early year’s settings (0-5), mainstream schools (5 – 19) and special schools. The provisions of this guidance would not normally apply to pupils in private or independent schools, whereby the provision of such aids would be a matter between the setting and the parent. Nor does it apply to sixth form colleges / FE & HE institutions. This guidance aligns Local Authority (LA) guidance with NHS policy and the SEND Code of Practice (2014), providing clarity about funding responsibilities.
To see school and college transport arrangements for children and young people with special educational needs, visit our Travel Assistance page.