Bristol's special educational needs and disabilities strategy

Information on Bristol's special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) strategy and its progress.

Our vision is that children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in Bristol are given the best possible help towards a healthy, independent and fulfilling life. 

By working in partnership with other organisations and families we identify, support and empower those who need it most.

To make sure we deliver this vision we are working under the:

As of October 2017, the Accessibility Strategy is subject to full Governance agreement.

These strategies show how we’ll work together and what we are working towards.  

The SEND Challenge Group, a sub group of the Children and Families Partnership Board, has a special focus on making sure children and young people with SEND and their families achieve the outcomes in the vision. 

Self evaluation

Every two years we do a self-evaluation of SEND services. 

This evaluation is to better understand how we’re doing from our view and the view of the people who we provide services for.  

The SEND self-evaluation 2017 is based on:

  • SEND Survey 2015/16: A survey for parents, carers and young people to get their view of the services they use
  • SEND Deep Dive 2017: This is a detailed look at how we are meeting our duties. This deep dive was based on the SEND Inspection Handbook
  • a review of the previous SEND Improvement and Development Plan 2015-17

Our progress

The 2014 SEND Reforms introduced closer working between Education, Health and Social Care services to meet the needs of children and young people with special educational needs and/or a disability (SEND), and their families.   

Since 2014 we've made progress towards delivering the SEND Reforms, such as:

  • The Birth to 25 Integrated Service and Collaboration supports children and young people with SEND and their families
  • Personal budgets have been developed in some service areas, this helps the availability and choice for children, young people and families
  • Processes around Education, Health and Care plans have been developed, bringing together different professionals and making sure plans are issued on time
  • Parent/carer participation has become embedded in the development of our services; we’re developing how we do the same with young people
  • Findability website was re-developed to make sure it reflects the services that are available
  • Post 16 education offer has been developed so  young people with special educational needs have more study choices in Bristol
  • Our Capital Strategy makes sure there are enough appropriate schools places in Bristol for SEN pupils
  • The recommissioned Children Community Health Partnership provides high quality services that meet the needs of SEND children and young people

You can find out more information from the points above and more about special educational needs and disability in Bristol from our Local Offer website.

Further developments 

Over the next two years we plan to:

  • improve our use of data (local and national)
  • implement SEN support processes across Education, Health and Social Care
  • improve information sharing across Education, Health and Social Care
  • further promote our Local Offer website, Findability
  • develop further the Personal Budgets
  • improve family’s access to early intervention information, advice and guidance
  • develop further our Post 16 pathway

SEND in Education

For further information see our SEND in Education page.