Developing Effective Inclusive arrangements and Specialist Services and Provision

Managing demand for specialist provision by ensuring that inclusive provision is robust
and of high quality

managing high needs budgets

Helping organisations manage budget pressures by developing graduated funding systems
that support both inclusive practice and specialist provision

developing partnerships and local area strategic plans

Working with LAs,Trusts and schools, families and local partner agencies

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Innovative and specialist

We are an organisation which prides itself on influencing highly effective change to deliver better futures for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilites.

  • We are a group of highly experienced, highly regarded specialists in SEND arrangements.
  • We are knowledgeable leaders in this field and are able to support you in facilitating the improvement and development of your local services in a context of change, challenge and financial constraint.
  • We help to create positive climates for change.
  • We support local areas in preparing for local area inspections.
  • We forensically analyse and cleanse high needs budgets.
  • We facilitate discussions between families, providers and commissioners.
  • We build on your skills, knowledge and experience.
  • We help to create positive relationships between you and key partners in your area.
  • We help you to identify local priorities for improvement and plans to achieve positive change and better outcomes for children and young people with SEND.
  • We have been operating for 10 years as SEND4Change supporting change in over 40 local authorities, academy trusts  and organisations 
  • Contact us for an informal conversation on how we can support you to improve arrangements for children and young people with SEND.

We support LAs and local area partnerships

* Preparation for Local Area Inspections
* High Needs budget management
* Specialist provision sufficiency
* Service Reviews
* Parent carer consultations
* Improving EHC processes and planning
* Developing Inclusive Partnerships
* Developing the graduated offer (provision and funding)
* Managing Tribunals and mediation
* Investigations and complaints

We Support Academy Trusts and Schools

* Understanding Local Authorities
* Developing inclusive arrangements
* Developing partnerships
* Managing Tribunals
* Developing proposals for specialist provision
* Developing inclusive pilots and projects with partners
* Investigations and Complaints
* Governor and Director training

SEND4Change were the catalyst for positive reform in Bury. Chris and Alison steered difficult discussions between partners in the right direction, guiding everyone towards a ‘working together’ model. This included partners from Education, Health, Social Care, Schools, Governors, Third Parties, Young People and Parent/Carers. Relationships between partners in Bury would not be in such a positive…

Rhiannon Walton – Parent and Chair of Bury2gether from Bury Metrolpolitan Borough Council

Bury Metropolitan Borough Council, working with its Clinical Commissioning Group, commissioned SEND4Change to complete a review of arrangements for children and young people with SEND. The timing, coming shortly after an Ofsted/CQC local area inspection, enabled the focus of the review to be informed by recommendations from that inspection. SEND4Change were instrumental in bringing about…

Paul Cooke, Interim Assistant Director of Learning, Bury Metropolitan Borough Council

“Chris and Alison arrived in Birmingham to find multiple challenges in the SEN world. We are a very large, diverse city with a very young population. We have a complex landscape of schools and providers, and commission SEN provision across the city and beyond. The political leaders decided a root and branch review of the…

Jill Crosbie, Assistant Director for SEND, Birmingham City Council

SEND4Change facilitated a comprehensive review of SEN arrangements in order that the local authority could develop a new SEN strategy. This involved an analysis of available data and information, facilitation of a series of work streams which engaged a variety of stakeholders and which achieved a consensus amongst participants, production of a comprehensive report describing…

Birmingham City Council: Completion of a comprehensive SEN Review

I worked together with SEND4Change as a link for the Local Authority to develop a fair and transparent system and a  local decision making model in partnership with schools to allocate funds from the High Needs Block for those Children and Young People on SEN Support – often referred to as ‘Top-Up’. The work included meetings…

Paula Nightingale, Head of Inclusion Services, Derby City Council

High Needs Funding arrangements SEND4Change was asked to facilitate the development and introduction of a new system of devolved SEN funding in the city. SEND4Change helped to establish collaborations of schools in localities across the city which enabled schools to make local decisions about local need. The system has been successfully introduced.

Derby City Council High Needs Funding arrangements