Bedford Borough Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Team
What we do
Special Educational Needs and Disability
We can offer guidance on the Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment process and provide information about the services that can support you. Decisions about whether a child/young person matches the guidance for assessment are made by the Bedford Borough SEND Panel. (Who will make the decision?)
If an assessment is agreed, we gather specific information from educational settings, professionals involved with the child/young person, health and social care as well as information and views from the parents, carers or young person. All this is done within the statutory time frame as laid out in the SEN Code of Practice (PDF).
If an assessment is not agreed we will contact the parents/young person to explain the reasons why and invite them to attend a meeting to discuss the decision and a way forward. They can also contact SEND Advice or Core Assets for support or the conciliation service (KIDS)
Monitoring of Education, Health and Care plans
Once an EHCP has been written and finalised it is our responsibility to monitor the provision outlined on it, through the Annual Review process, the Annual Review meeting is held by the educational setting that the child attends.
To do this we regularly gather key relevant information about the child/young person’s needs and progress that will ensure statutory obligations are met.
Statutory timescales for EHC Needs Assessment and EHC plan development
To view the statutory timescales for EHC Needs Assessment please follow the link below
We keep parents, carers and young people informed regularly during the assessment process. When the assessment has been completed we consider the information and decide if an EHCP is to be written or whether the pupils needs can be met through the setting's own resources.
After an EHCP has been finalised we will monitor the pupil’s progress towards meeting the objectives outlined in the plan through regular review, which will be held every 12 months.
The Annual Review will be arranged by the setting, who will send out updated reports 2 weeks prior to the meeting. Following the review meeting the setting will prepare a report (EHCPAR) which they will send to us together with any reports provided by the professionals involved with the child/young person. We will then send a letter to the parents/carers/young person and professionals involved with the child/young person to outline our recommendations about what amendments are required and whether the EHCP should continue.
If the child/young person is due to transfer to their next educational setting the following September, please contact the SEND Team on 01234 228375 early in the Autumn term to inform us of the setting to be consulted. The SEND team will consult settings on your behalf, so you do not have to follow the normal Admissions process.
Written Feedback from the EHCNAF?
If an assessment does not result in an EHCP, Written Feedback would be produced.
Where a parent/carer/young person does not agree with the assessment or a decision made by the Local Authority, we will work with the parent or carer to find a solution. We encourage parents to seek support from SEND Advice and we also have access to KIDS, an independent mediation service.
Parents or carers can contact us at any time.
Who to contact
- 01234 228 375
Where to go
- Bedford Borough Council
- MK42 9AP
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11-14 years old
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