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Update: Special school place planning

In September 2017, the London Borough of Waltham Forest commissioned Premier Advisory Group – a company which undertakes education and children & family research, policy and support – to undertake a consultation, with the broad aim of determining priorities for investment in education provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

The Department for Education (DfE) has identified capital funds to support all Local Authorities in keeping the development of SEND provision under review.

The consultation will be used to inform the capital spend decisions over the next 5 years.

To find out more click here to download the Waltham Forest SPCF Consultation.pdf (742 KB).

Supporting children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in early years education

Early years education provides children with an ideal opportunity to build on the knowledge they bring from home. It helps children become more independent and to make friends.

The value and importance of parents or guardians as their children’s first educators is well recognised. Staff are keen to form partnerships with parents or guardians to share responsibility for the children’s continued educational, emotional and physical development. Staff also have access to skilled professionals experienced in supporting young children who may have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). This ensures that they can help and support you with your child’s development.

Although many people may think children are ‘just playing’, this play is carefully planned to provide a variety of educational experiences. Children’s progress, academic and social achievements are noted and recorded.

In these early years settings, children can choose from a wide range of activities suitable for their age and ability. They have the chance to explore mathematical and scientific ideas and the beginning of reading and writing. They have stories to listen to, books to look at and songs to sing. Play and other creative activities help develop their imagination. Indoor and outdoor play help to develop their physical skills.

Children learn in an environment where they feel happy, secure and valued.

Special Schools and Resourced Provision

In Waltham Forest there are different types of schools for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, ranging from mainstream schools with their own support and additional support through EHC plans to mainstream schools with additionally resourced provision to special schools.

Find out more about Special Schools and Resourced Provision in Waltham Forest

Watch: EHC Plan Pathway Waltham Forest

Please take a moment to watch our short film about how to get the support you need through an Education Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan).

You can also read all about EHC Plan by clicking on the link in the Useful Information section below.

Find a school

The Local Offer has a complete listing of all schools in Waltham Forest.

Section 41 education establishments

Section 41 providers are commissioned by the Department for Education and each provider has to follow a process to assure central government that they are fit for purpose.

They are quality assured by OFSTED. 

The institutions are usually outside of London and offer residential support for learners.  Many of the institutions have a specialism such as facilities for those with sensory impairment.

Residential places are expensive and on average cost the borough more than 50k per learner.  

Therefore as advised in the SEND Code of Practice London Borough of Waltham Forest aims to work with local providers in providing high quality placements that allows learners to stay within the locality.

Visit Section 41 of the Children and Families Act on GOV.UK website

Citizens Advice Waltham Forest for information for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Waltham Forest council has a legal duty to make arrangements to provide information and advice to parents/carers of children with Special Educational Needs.

Citizens Advice in Waltham Forest is a confidential service and that can:

  • Listen to parents concerns and queries
  • Can offer contact with an independent supporter
  • Signpost to other sources of help and information
  • Help you to get your views, the views of your child or young person known, understood and valued
  • Help you prepare and go with you to meetings
  • Help with paperwork and writing reports and letters
  • Help you to look at all of the options
  • Look at ways of overcoming differences

Citizens Advice is available to all parents resident in Waltham Forest whose children have special educational needs. We aim to promote partnership between parents, the Local Authority (LA), schools, early years settings, health, social services and specialist children's services. Parents know their child better than anyone and have a key role to play in their child's education.

Contact Citizens Advice

Telephone: 0300 330 1175

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