Strategic Issue: Inclusion
The Inclusion Forum
The Inclusion Forum is a discretionary group created to provide strategic direction on a number of inclusion related matters including SEND, pupil behaviour and disadvantaged pupils. The forum enables key partner perspectives and advice to be gathered and fed into policy and strategy development. It provides challenge on SEND and Social Inclusion in contributing to self-evaluation exercises and ensure transparency of decision making regarding duties and responsibilities on Social Inclusion and SEND.
The core function of the forum will be to:
- Inform proposals for the use of the High Needs Block spend of DSG;
- Support and challenge LA’s arrangements for meeting SEND code of practice requirements and readiness for Ofsted inspection;
- Inform strategy for improving outcomes of learners with SEND and emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties ; and
- Inform pattern of SEND provision across the Borough.
Current representation of schools and providers:
TBC - Early Years provider
Kerry Scott – Ainslie Wood Primary
Jane Harris – Edinburgh Primary
TBC – Special school
TBC – Secondary school
Jeanette Maynard – PRU
TBC – Post 16/FE sector
Linked groups or boards:
The Inclusion Forum is supported by key statutory panels, including the Fair Access Panel (FAP) and the Children Missing Education Panel (CME), both of which support on inclusion matters by:
- Providing transparency of processes and procedures.
- Helping provide a clear system to demonstrate an equitable distribution of young people into schools that may have a range of complex needs & behaviour history.
- Ensuring services and existing systems provide value for money (Headteachers fund not only Social Inclusion Service but grant specific funding to the FAP/CME Panel).
- Helping make sure there are clear and robust policies in place to enable the local authority to meet its duty in relation a young person’s education entitlement suitable to their age, ability, aptitude and any special educational needs they may have.
- Assisting services and system to maximise safeguarding (for example the FAP/CME Panels sit outside the arrangements of co-ordination and is triggered. Subsequently, when a parent of an eligible child has not secured a school place under in-year admission procedures, the FAP/CME Panel help ensure unplaced young children are allocated a school place quickly).