Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

Details:

Reference Number: 5615
Request Date: 15/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1. Please state any changes to the eligibility criteria or service offer under the council's home to school transport policy (as per section 50B of the Education Act 1996) that have been enacted since April 2010. Non-substantive, purely technical alterations can be left out. Please state the month that each took effect, and provide any impact assessment that was carried out.

Q.2. For each of the following academic years - 2010/11, 2014/15, 2017/18, 2018/19 - please state the number of children aged 5-16 who received free home to school transport from (or funded by) the council (as per section 50B of the Education Act 1996).

Q.3. For each of the following academic years - 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19 = please state the number of children of compulsory school age with SEND statements or ECHPs who were being educated outside the local authority area

Q.4. Please list the 'out of area' local authorities where children from your local authority with SEND statements or ECHPs are currently in compulsory education, together with the number of children being educated in each local authority (where the number is three or fewer, please list the local authority even if the number is not provided)

Q.5. Does the council identifiably record the cost of external legal advice and representation for first tier and upper tier SEND tribunal cases (i.e. SENDIST)? If the response to question 5 is 'no' please ignore question 6.

Q.6. How much did the council spend on external legal advice and representation on first tier and upper tier SEND tribunal cases each financial year for 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19 (year to date)? If possible, please split the expenditure between cases won by the council and cases lost by the council. There is no need to split the figures between first tier and upper tier expenditure.

A.1 - A.6   Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response
 


Attachments:

Details:

Reference Number: 5631
Request Date: 18/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    How many young people had echp at age 15+ I would like this information for the past 5 financial years (year by year)  (including the current financial year to date)

A.1    We do not have the information requested going back 5 financial years but can provide information for the last 3 years, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19. EHCP's have only been in place since Sept 2014 prior to that students requiring support in College provision had access to a Learning Difficulty Assessment. The LA do not have details of the number of LDAs in place.

Q.2    How many young adults requested post 16 education provision ( education which echp would be responsible for funding) I would like this information for the past 5 financial years (year by year) (including the current financial year to date). When I refer to post 16 education I mean any education provision from age 16 to the maximum age of 25)

A.2    We do not record information with regards to how many people requested Post 16 education provision. We can provide details on how many students had EHCPs and how many students received funding.  

Q.3    How many of the above questions were granted their request for additional education provision age 16+ (as detailed above) I would like this information for the past 5 financial years (year by year) (including the current financial year to date)

A.3   We do not have the information requested going back 5 financial years but can provide information for the last 3 years, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19.

Please see the attached table
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5777
Request Date: 15/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   For a child under-5 with suspected autism in your local authority, what is the duration in weeks or months from receipt of referral to a diagnosis appointment?
 
Q.2    What was the number of children aged 0 - 5 receiving a formal diagnosis of autism in the local authority in the last full year for which records are available?
 
Q.3    What was the average age of these children at the point of formal diagnosis?
 
Q.4    Does your local authority have a local autism strategy group as recommended by the NICE guidelines (Autism spectrum disorder in under 19s: recognition, referral and diagnosis).

A.1 - A..4    Information is held by Northumbria NHS Foundation Trust and not Northumberland County Council.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5826
Request Date: 26/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Please provide the following information broken down by each of the school years* a) 2014-15, b) 2015-16, c) 2016-17, d) 2017-18 and e) 2018-19 so far:

Q.1     Please state the total number of pupils recorded as having SEND (including SEND support and EHCPs/statements of SEN) in your local authority area across the year.
  
Numbers for Q2/Q3 have been extracted from SEN2 Return - dated January of each year (Jan - Jan)

A.1   Year             Number SEN Pupils
         2015             7784
         2016             7428
         2017             6883
         2018             6947
         Current         7069

Q.2      Of those in Q1, please state the total number of pupils who attended a private special school funded by your local authority broken down by year.

A.2 Year     Independent and Non 
                   Maintained Special Schools
    2015          86
    2016          98
    2017          117
    2018          186

Q.3     Of those in Q2, please state the total number of pupils who attended a private special school funded by your local authority that was located out of your local authority area, broken down by year.  

A.3 Year             Out of County Independent and Non
                              Maintained Special Schools
        2015             61
        2016             86
        2017             74
        2018             84

Q.4.     Please state the total expenditure on private special school places by your local authority broken down by year. *If this information is recorded in calendar / financial years by your council please provide an alternative yearly breakdown instead.

A.4 Year           Expenditure *
       2014/15     £2,703,047
       2015/16     £3,157,609
       2016/17     £4,127,528
       2017/18     £3,875,334
       2018/19     £4,634,133

* Expenditure is provided on a financial year basis;
Expenditure has not varied in line with placement numbers due to an increase is usage of lower cost providers within Northumberland since 2017/18.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5898
Request Date: 08/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   How many LEA schools provide pre-school education? 

A.1   131

Q.2  How many children are registered to attend pre-school at LEA schools?      

A.2   3064

Q.3  How many LEA schools provide reception school education?

A.3   Please see attached handbook 

Q.4  How many children are registered to attend reception at LEA schools?      

A.4   3262

Q.5  Do any of your information sources relating to Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND) contain information specifically about dyslexia?      

A.5   The LAs SENCO handbook refers to dyslexia

Q.6  Do any of your information sources relating to SEND contain information specifically about Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)?   
   
A.6   The Sensory Support have leaflets about APD 

Q.7  How many children in your area are registered for SEND support?      

A.7   5001  

Q.8  Do you hold information on the number of children with dyslexia registered for SEND support?     

A.8  Dyslexia is not a category of need on its own. It is often captured within Specific Learning Difficulty. 

Q.9   If yes how many are registered currently?   
   
A.9   422 pupils were identified with this need in the latest school census.

Q.10  Do you hold information on the number of children with Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) registered for SEND support?

A.10   Yes   

Q.11  If yes how many are registered currently?

A.11   Less than 5  

All the Local Authority Teachers of the Deaf carry out an acoustic survey of classrooms with HI learners.

Based on the results of this we offer advice about how to improve the listening environment of the classrooms.

We are aware of the BATOD mesh guidance
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5904
Request Date: 08/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Private SEND provision:
Q.1       How much did the local authority spend on private (independent, non state-run) special educational provision for pupils in the following years: 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19?
 
A.1     
2016/17 - £4,127,528

2017/18 - £3,875,443
2018/19 - £4,634,133
 
Q.2        How many pupils with special educational needs did the local authority send to private SEND provision in the following years: 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19?
 
A.2     
2016/17 - 98

2017/18 - 117
2018/19 - 186

Q.3        If any new private SEND provision has opened in the local authority in the last three years, please state a) the names of all new private SEND providers that opened b) the year they opened (between 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19)
 
A.3    Buzz Learning opened as a new Independent Special School in March 2018.

Q.4       What are the reasons for any increase or decrease in the amount being spent on private SEND provision for pupils in the past three years?
 
A.4    The increasing expenditure on Independent Special Schools is due to an increase in demand for placements and an increase in the fees for these providers.

Private Alternative Provision:
Q.1      How much did the local authority spend on private (independent, non state-run) alternative provision for excluded and other vulnerable pupils in the following years: 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19?
 
A.1     
2016/17 - £638,567

2017/18 - £998,511
2018/19 - £1517829

Q.2.     How many pupils did the local authority send to private AP provision in the following years: 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19?
 
A.2     
2016/17 - 63

2017/18 - 116
2018/19 - 156

Q.3.     If any new private AP provision has opened in the local authority in the last three years, please state a) the names of all new private AP providers that opened b) the year they opened (between 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19)
 
A.3.     Total Tuition opened in Sept 2018

Q.4.    What are the reasons for any increase or decrease in the amount being spent on private AP provision for pupils in the past three years?
 
A.4.     Increase is related to the rise in permanent exclusions.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5968
Request Date: 23/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Please provide a copy of your policy for dealing with assessments of disabled children by your children with disabilities team.  The relevant department will be Children’s Services or equivalent.
 
Q.2   How do you assess and support children who are autistic but have no other disability? Please provide a copy of any policies you have for assessing and supporting children who are autistic but who have no other disability.
 
Q.3   For the financial years (start of April to end of March) 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19, please provide the number of children with autism who have been:
Q.3a   declined an assessment by your children with disabilities team;
Q.3b   referred to another team within Children’s services for an assessment; and
Q.3c   declined any assessment whatsoever in each of the financial years detailed above.

A.1 - A.3   We do not categorise children according to whether they have autism specifically. The policies in relation to the assessments undertaken by the disabled children are available on the link - https://www.proceduresonline.com/northumberlandcs/ 
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6022
Request Date: 03/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Please can you provide answers to the following questions regarding the local authority’s provision of habilitation services for children and young people (CYP) with vision impairment only. By habilitation we mean support and training in orientation, mobility and independent living skills.

Service delivery

Q.1a)   How are habilitation services commissioned? (Please indicate the option that applies): 
How are habilitation services commissioned?
  • A local authority department is commissioned to deliver the service (Please go to question 1b)
  • An external organisation is commissioned to deliver the service (please state the name of the organisation)
  • Services are spot purchased
  • Other (please state)
  • This service is not commissioned (please indicate what alternative support is provided instead)
Q.1b)   If the service is commissioned to be delivered in-house, which department is responsible for delivering the service? (Please indicate the option that applies):

Department
  • Children & family Social Care Services
  • Education (Sensory Team)
  • Education (General)
  • Adult Social Care
  • Other (please state)
Q.1c)   Between financial years 2016/17 and 2018/19 have there been any changes to how habilitation services are commissioned? (For example, has the service changed from being internally to externally commissioned, or has the local authority department responsible for delivering the service changed.) Yes/No
If ‘Yes’, please provide further details:

Q.1d)   Are there plans to change how habilitation services are commissioned in 2019/20? (For example, are there plans to change from an internally to an externally commissioned service or, will the local authority department responsible for delivering the service change.)
  • Yes/No/Unknown
  • If ‘Yes’, please provide further details:
Q.1e)   If ‘Yes’ to c) and/or d), were parents and stakeholders engaged with when the changes were made, or are there plans to engage with stakeholders? (Please select all that apply):
  • Stakeholder
  • Parents/carers
  • CYP with vision impairment
  • Internal staff
  • General public
  • Voluntary sector
  • Schools & Education Settings
  • Other (please state)
Comments:

A.1      A local authority department is commissioned to deliver the service
b)-Education (Sensory Team)
c) no
d) no

Q.2     What was/is the allocated budget for the delivery of habilitation services for the following financial years (please provide like for like budget data, if this is not possible please indicate why):
Financial Year / Total Budget
  • 2016/17
  • 2017/18
  • 2018/19
  • 2019/20
Comments:

A.2     The cost of our Habilitation Specialist is £10,000 plus on costs per annum. As far as I am aware this has not changed between 2016 and 2020

Q.3a) Please indicate whether habilitation support is provided to the following age groups:
  • CYP Group
  • 0-4 (early years)
  • 5-11 (Primary school)
  • 12-16 (Secondary school)
  • 17-19 (College)
  • 19-25
Q.3b)  Please indicate what habilitation support is available to CYP in each age category. Please note that this does not mean that every child will receive this support, but that the local authority provides or commissions this support (please select all that apply): 

Type of Support
  • To family & carers (inc those in ‘looked after’settings
  • Independent living skills (in the home)
  • Early Movement skills
  • Long cane training in public spaces (such as on the pavement, on public transport, high street, shopping areas)
  • Learning of routes between home and education setting
  • Transitions, as learners move between key education settings
  • Long cane training in an education setting
  • Route planning in an education setting
  • Other (please state)
Q.3c) Between financial years 2016/17 and 2018/19, were there any changes to the habilitation support available to any of the following age groups? (If ‘Yes’, please provide further details of the changes and the reasoning why)
  • CYP Group
  • 00-4 (early years)
  • 5-11 (Primary school)
  • 12-16 (Secondary school)
  • 17-19 (College)
  • 19-25
Q.3d) Are there plans to change the habilitation support available to any of the following age groups in 2019/20? (If ‘Yes’, please provide further details of the changes and the reasoning why): 
  • CYP Group
  • 0-4 (early years)
  • 5-11 (Primary school)
  • 12-16 (Secondary school)
  • 17-19 (College)
  • 19-25
Q.3e)   If Yes to c) and/or d), were parents and stakeholders engaged with when the changes were made, or are there plans to engage with stakeholders? (Please select all that apply):
  • Stakeholder
  • Parents/carers
  • CYP with vision impairment
  • Internal staff
  • General Public
  • Voluntary sector
  • Schools & Education settings
  • Other (please state)
Comments:

A.3a)  5-11 (Primary school)
12-16 (Secondary school)
17-19 (College)
19-25

A.3b)  To family & carers (inc those in ‘looked after’ settings
  • Independent living skills (in the home)
  • Early Movement skills
  • Long cane training in public spaces (such as on the pavement, on public transport, high street, shopping areas)
  • Learning of routes between home and education setting
  • Transitions, as learners move between key education settings
  • Long cane training in an education setting
  • Route planning in an education setting
  • All types of support according to need
A.3c)  The cost of our Habilitation Specialist is £10,000 plus on costs per annum. As far as I am aware this has not changed between 2016 and 2020  

A.3d) NO

A.3e) 

Q.4    Please provide information on the structure of the team responsible for delivering habilitation services to CYP with vision impairment:
  • Position/Role
  • Habilitation Manager
  • Senior Habilitation Officer
  • Habilitation Officer
  • Habilitation Assistant
  • Other (please state)
Comments:

A.4    Senior Habilitation Officer, Habilitation Specialist


Eligibility for habilitation support

Q.5   What is the eligibility criteria for a CYP to access habilitation support? (Please indicate as many as apply): 
  • The CYP must have an Education & Health Care Plan to access habilitation support.
  • The CYP must be registered as severely sight impaired to access habilitation support
  • The CYP must be registered as sight impaired to access habilitation support
  • Other (please state if ‘yes’)
Comments:

Eligibility Criteria
  • Yes/No

A.5.   Eligibility Criteria based on need, Yes

Referrals and assessment

Q.6    Please indicate where referrals for an initial assessment of habilitation needs are accepted from. (Please select as many as apply): 
  • Profession
  • Medication Professionals
  • Qualified Teachers of Children with Vision Impairment (QTVIs)
  • Parents/carers
  • Young people
  • Other (please state)
Comments:

A.6   Medication Professionals
  • Qualified Teachers of Children with Vision Impairment (QTVIs)
  • Parents/carers
  • Young people
Q.7   Please indicate who the initial assessment of habilitation needs is conducted in partnership with. (Please select the option that applies for each category):
  • Stakeholder
  • QTVI
  • Other education professionals (Please state which education professionals)
  • Parents/carers
  • It is not conducted in partnership
  • Other (please state)
Comments:

A.7   Stakeholder, QTVI,  Parents/carers

Q.8a)   Is the progress of the CYP receiving habilitation support monitored?
Yes/No/Unknown

A.8a)    Yes

Q.8b)    If ‘Yes’, if needs are not being met as assessed are the habilitation needs of the CYP reassessed?
Yes/No/Unknown. If ‘Yes’, please provide an overview of the process and attach a copy of any relevant policies. Comments:

Demand

A.8b)   Yes
Assessment takes place at the beginning and end of blocks of habilitation provision and if needs still not fully met, discussion takes place between Habilitation Specialist, QTVI, other professionals, the young person and family, to plan next steps and when further habilitation support will be provided.

Q.9     How many CYP were referred for an initial assessment of habilitation needs and how many received habilitation support in the following financial years: 
Financial Year
  • 2016/17
  • 2017/18
  • 2018/10
Comments:

A.9.     It's not possible to give a fixed number per year. Some children receive a one-off block of training in one year only, and other children receive on going habilitation support over several years.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6039
Request Date: 08/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Local authority name:

Section 1: Organisation and funding of your local authority Education Vision Impairment (VI) Advisory service

Q.1a. How is provision for children and young people with vision impairment funded? (please indicate only one option with an ‘x’) -
i) Centrally funded by the LA for specialist support for all pupils with VI  
ii) Partially delegated to individual schools who purchase specialist support from the LA under 'tradedservices' arrangement  
iii) Fully delegated to individual schools who purchase specialist support from the LA under 'tradedservices' arrangement  
iv) Other or additional comments (please give details, free text):  

Q.1b. Which of the following arrangements applies to the VI service in your LA? (Please indicate ‘yes’ to all that apply) -
i) Fully traded to maintained schools (including academies)  
ii) Partially traded to maintained schools (including academies  
iii) No elements of VI service support are traded to maintained schools (including academies)  
iv) Fully traded to further education (FE) colleges
v) Partially traded to further education (FE) colleges
vi) Is any aspect of direct CYP individual support traded?
vii) Additional comments, optional (free text)

Q.1c. If you answered ‘yes’ to any traded service arrangement in question 1b, please give further details of the service that is traded and who it is traded to? (free text)  

Section 2: Structuring of services

Q.2. In the past twelve months, have any changes been made to the way that provision for children and young people with vision impairment is funded and/or organised? (please indicate only one option with an ‘x’) -
i) Yes  
ii) No  

Q.2b. If 'yes', please give details of changes: (free text)  

Q.2c. Were these changes consulted on with parents and VI organisations? (please indicate only one option with an ‘x’) -
i) Yes, parents only  
ii) Yes, VI organisations only  
iii) Yes, both parents and VI organisations  
iv) No, parents and VI organisations were not consulted  

Q.2d. Any additional information on the consultation?  (optional) (free text)

Q.2e. Are there any current or proposed reviews of the VI service that will affect the way it is organised, managed or funded (including moving to/from a traded services arrangement), or are likely to affect the way that support for CYP with VI is provided or funded?
(please indicate only one option with an ‘x’) -
i) Yes
ii) No
iii) Don’t know

Q.2f. Any additional information? (optional) (free text)

Q.3a. Please provide overall VI service budget (including staff, equipment and training):
(please enter a monetary value) -
i) Budget for 2017/18
ii) Budget for 2018/19
iii) Budget for 2019/20
iv) Additional information, optional (free text)

Q.3b. If the budget above is shared with another service or cannot be separated from the sensory budget, please state what the budget encompasses here: (free text)

Q.4a. What percentage of the High Needs Funding budget is spent on the overall VI service budget? (please enter a percentage value)

Q.4b. Any additional information? (optional) (free text)

Section 3: Number of CYP on the VI service caseload and support available

Q.5a. Please give the number of children and young people with vision impairment on the VI service active caseload (i.e. those supported by the VI service and not included in Q6a) for the following categories (number ranges in each category represent age. Please enter numerical values): -
Total: all ages:
Total: Early Years Foundation Stage
(EYFS) (0-5 years)
Total: Year 1 to Year 6
Total: Year 7 to Year 11
Total: Year 12 to Year 13
Total: Above Year 13
EHCP Total: all ages:
Education, Health and Care Plan
(EHCP): EYFS (0-5 years)
EHCP: Year 1 to Year 6
EHCP: Year 7 to Year 11
EHCP: Year 12 to Year 13
EHCP: Above Year 13
SEN Support total: all ages:
Special Education Need (SEN)
Support: EYFS (0-5 years)
SEN Support: Year 1 to Year 6
SEN Support: Year 7 to Year 11
SEN Support: Year 12 to Year 13
SEN Support: Above Year 13
Not yet assessed/categorised total:
all ages:
Not yet assessed/categorised: EYFS (0-5 years)
Not yet assessed/categorised: Year 1 to Year 6
Not yet assessed/categorised: Year 7 to Year 11
Not yet assessed/categorised: Year 12 to Year 13
Not yet assessed/categorised: Above Year 13
Other total (please state any other groups which do not fit the above categories, optional): all ages:
Other: EYFS (0-5 years)
Other: Year 1 to Year 6
Other: Year 7 to Year 11
Other: Year 12 to Year 13
Other: Above Year 13

Q.5b. Any additional information? (optional) (free text)

Q.6a. Please give the number of children and young people with vision impairment, known to the VI service but not receiving direct support from the LA service for the following categories:
(e.g. who are ‘advice on request’ or being monitored only, who are in a VI resourced or independent school, or whose family home is in the LA but who are being educated in another authority)(These are in addition to CYP included in Q5a):
(number ranges in each category represent age. Please enter numerical values) -
Total: all ages:
Total: Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) (0-5 years)
Total: Year 1 to Year 6 
Total: Year 7 to Year 11
Total: Year 12 to Year 13
Total: Above Year 13
EHCP Total: all ages:
Education, Health and Care Plan

(EHCP): EYFS (0-5 years)
EHCP: Year 1 to Year 6
EHCP: Year 7 to Year 11
EHCP: Year 12 to Year 13
EHCP: Above Year 13
SEN Support total: all ages:
Special Education Need (SEN)
Support: EYFS (0-5 years)
SEN Support: Year 1 to Year 6
SEN Support: Year 7 to Year 11
SEN Support: Year 12 to Year 13
SEN Support: Above Year 13
Not yet assessed/categorised total:
all ages:
Not yet assessed/categorised: EYFS (0-5 years)
Not yet assessed/categorised: Year 1 to Year 6
Not yet assessed/categorised: Year 7 to Year 11
Not yet assessed/categorised: Year 12 to Year 13
Not yet assessed/categorised: Above Year 13
Other total (please state any other groups which do not fit the above categories, optional): all ages:
Other: EYFS (0-5 years)
Other: Year 1 to Year 6
Other: Year 7 to Year 11
Other: Year 12 to Year 13
Other: Above Year 13

Q.6b. Any additional information? (optional) (free text)

Q.7a. Of the children and young people on the active caseload, please give the number with vision impairment with and without other EN/disabilities/ additional complex needs: (number ranges in each category represent age. Please enter numerical values)
Total: all ages:
Total: Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) (0-5 years)
Total: Year 1 to Year 6 
Total: Year 7 to Year 11
Total: Year 12 to Year 13
Total: Above Year 13
EHCP Total: all ages:
Education, Health and Care Plan
(EHCP): EYFS (0-5 years)
EHCP: Year 1 to Year 6
EHCP: Year 7 to Year 11
EHCP: Year 12 to Year 13
EHCP: Above Year 13
SEN Support total: all ages:
Special Education Need (SEN)
Support: EYFS (0-5 years)
SEN Support: Year 1 to Year 6
SEN Support: Year 7 to Year 11
SEN Support: Year 12 to Year 13
SEN Support: Above Year 13
Not yet assessed/categorised total:
all ages:
Not yet assessed/categorised: EYFS
(0-5 years)
Not yet assessed/categorised: Year 1 to Year 6
Not yet assessed/categorised: Year 7 to Year 11
Not yet assessed/categorised: Year 12 to Year 13
Not yet assessed/categorised: Above Year 13
Other total (please state any other groups which do not fit the above categories, optional): all ages:
Other: EYFS (0-5 years)
Other: Year 1 to Year 6
Other: Year 7 to Year 11

Other: Year 12 to Year 13
Other: Above Year 13

Q.7b. Any additional information? (optional) (free text)

Q.8a. Of the children and young people on the active caseload, please give the number educated in each of the settings below where applicable: (please enter numeric values) -
i) Mainstream school
ii) Mainstream with VI resource provision
iii) Mainstream academy
iv) Special school academy
v) Maintained special school for pupils with VI
vi) Non-maintained special school for pupils with VI
vii) Other type of special school (e.g. PD, SLD, HI) (maintained & non-maintained)
viii) Other type of setting (e.g. hospital school, home educated)
ix) If other type of setting, please write here (free text)

Q.8b. Any additional information? (optional) (free text)

Q.9. In which of the following settings does the VI service support early years children (i.e. 3 years and under)? (Please indicate ‘yes’ to all that apply) -
i) Within the child's home
ii) In pre-school/early years settings
iii) School settings (e.g. nursery class in mainstream or special school)
iv) In settings where the child is cared for by a childminder (outside of their home)
v) Other settings (please give details, free text)

Q.10a. What criteria does the VI service use for allocating levels of support? (Please indicate ‘yes’ to all that apply) -
i) NatSIP Eligibility Framework for Scoring Support Levels (2015)
ii) Locally developed criteria
iii) Other arrangement (please give details)

Q.10b. Does your LA require a CYP with VI to meet any of the following criteria before they will be considered for assessment for an EHCP? (Please indicate ‘yes’ to all that apply) -
i) They must meet a specified level of severity/visual acuity
ii) They must have additional SEND
iii) They must be failing to make the expected level of progress iv) They are expected to attend a special school
v) Other – please specify: (free text)

Q.11 How many children or young people with VI have had their support reduced in the last 12 months? Please use reasons for reduction in support as listed below: (please indicate ‘yes’ to all that apply in the first row and indicate number in the second row for all those where ‘yes’ has been entered) -
i) Review of SEN support or EHCP Plan (yes/no)
ii) Review of SEN support or EHCP Plan (if yes, please enter numeric values)
iii) Positive change in management of vision impairment and improved independence (yes/no)
iv) Positive change in management of vision impairment and improved independence (if yes, please enter numeric values)
v) Restructure of service delivery model, i.e. more remote support, train the trainer etc. (yes/no)
vi) Restructure of service delivery model, i.e. more remote support, train the trainer etc. (if yes, please enter numeric values)
vii) Service capacity (yes/no)
viii) Service capacity (if yes, please enter numeric values)
ix) Other (yes/no)
x) Other (if yes, please enter numeric values)
xi) Please explain if other: (free text)

Q.12. What is the total number of children and young people who use (or in the case of EYFS children, are expected to use) braille as their sole or main literacy medium? (please enter numeric values)

Q.13. Are there any groups of children and young people with VI that are NOT currently supported by the VI service? (Please give details for all that apply) -
i) Specific age groups (please give details)
ii) Children/YP in specific types of setting e.g. academies, further education etc. (please give details)
iii) Children/YP with complex needs (please give details)
iv) Any other groups (please give details) Section 4: VI service staffing 

Q.14. Which (if any) of the following qualifications are held by the person with responsibility for strategic management of the VI service? (Please indicate ‘yes’ to all that apply) -
i) Qualified teacher of pupils with vision impairment (QTVI) (i.e. holds the mandatory qualification (MQ) in VI)
ii) Qualified teacher of the Deaf (TOD)
(i.e. holds the mandatory qualification (MQ) in HI)
iii) Qualified teacher of pupils with Multi-sensory Impairment (QTMSI) (i.e. holds the mandatory qualification (MQ) in MSI)
iv) Other qualifications (if yes please give details, free text)

Q.15. This question is broken into three sections. Please give the numbers of teachers employed directly by the VI service (this includes peripatetic/advisory teachers, school-based teachers, and VI service manager if s/he has a caseload) for the categories that follow: (please enter numeric values) -

Q.15a. Please give the full time equivalent (FTE) number of: -
i) QTVI with mandatory qualification (MQ) (VI)
ii) In training for MQ (VI)
iii) Qualified teachers without MQ (VI) who will begin training within 2 years iv) Qualified teachers without MQ (VI) not in or due to begin training within 2 years
v) QTMSI with MQ (MSI)
vi) QTVI and QTMSI MQ (holds both qualifications)
vii) QTVI vacancies currently advertised
viii) QTVI vacancies – advertised but no suitable applicants
QUESTION: 15b. Please give the total number of posts (headcount) for: -
i) QTVI with mandatory qualification (MQ) (VI)
ii) In training for MQ (VI)
iii) Qualified teachers without MQ (VI) who will begin training within 2 years
iv) Qualified teachers without MQ (VI) not in or due to begin training within 2 years
v) QTMSI with MQ (MSI)
vi) QTVI and QTMSI MQ (holds both qualifications)
vii) QTVI vacancies currently advertised
viii) QTVI vacancies – advertised but no suitable applicants
QUESTION: 15c. Please give the total number of posts that are temporary contracts (not permanent roles) for: -
i) QTVI with mandatory qualification (MQ) (VI)
ii) In training for MQ (VI)
iii) Qualified teachers without MQ (VI) who will begin training within 2 years
iv) Qualified teachers without MQ (VI) not in or due to begin training within 2 years
v) QTMSI with MQ (MSI)
vi) QTVI and QTMSI MQ (holds both qualifications)
vii) QTVI vacancies currently advertised 
viii) QTVI vacancies – advertised but
no suitable applicants

Q.16. What is the average time from referral to VI service and initial visit? (please give estimation if exact time is unknown) (number of weeks) 

Q.17. Please give details of the FTE of any other staff employed by the VI service by category (not already included in question 15). This includes staff who are employed directly, externally commissioned or bought in from another team within the LA: (please enter numeric values) (please do not include mobility and habilitation officers) -
i) Resource technicians FTE (for production of accessible materials)
ii) ICT support technicians FTE
iii) Dedicated early years staff FTE
iv) Family support workers FTE
v) Admin/secretarial FTE
vi) Teaching Assistants
vii) Other role FTE
viii) Details of other role(s) if applicable (free text)

Q.18a. Please give the numbers of teaching assistants (TAs) in your LA who are providing support to pupils with vision impairment, by employment arrangement as listed below (this includes service and school-based staff where known): (please enter numeric values)
i) Number employed and recruited directly by VI service – centrally based/peripatetic
ii) Number employed and recruited directly by VI service – school-based
iii) Number employed and recruited directly by schools and supported by VI service
iv) Number employed and recruited directly by schools with no involvement from VI service
v) Number employed with other arrangement
vi) Other arrangement (please give details, free text)

Q.18b. Please indicate if the service is aware that TAs are employed by schools but information on them is not retained and/or the service is aware of other TAs that the service does not hold information on: (Please indicate ‘yes’
if this applies)
Section 5: Redress

Q.19a. How many complaints about the VI service have entered the local authority’s formal complaints process? If none have entered the formal process, please enter ‘0’ (number) QUESTION 19b. If you have any additional information or points to add around the complaints recording process or figures, please state here: (free text)

Section 6: Registers
Q.20. Who in the LA holds the vision impairment register for children and young people who are registered sight impaired or severely sight impaired? (please indicate only one option with an ‘x’) -
i) Social care sensory team
ii) Social care children’s team
iii) Local society for blind people/sight loss society
iv) Other
v) If other, please give details (free text)

A.1-20    Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6109
Request Date: 23/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1      What specific provision is available in your area for children and young people diagnosed with conduct disorder and those with conduct difficulties? Please list individual services and tiers they fall under (e.g. Tier 2 or targeted; Tier 3 or community specialist or Tier 4 or inpatient).

Q.2      What mental health provision is available in your area for children and young people in contact with social services, including looked after children, children in need or children under child protection orders? Please list individual services and corresponding tiers as above.

Q.3      Is there specific provision in your area to support young people transitioning from child and adolescent mental health services to adult mental health services? Yes or no answer please. Please specify if CAMHS in your area covers individuals aged 18 and over and please specify the age range covered.

Q.4      Do you engage with any of the following to understand the mental health needs of children and young people in your area?

a) Healthwatch

b) Children and young people and their families

c) Community and/or faith groups

d) Charities or other NGOs (if yes, please specify which ones)

A.1 - A.4    I am writing to inform you that we have searched our records and the information you requested is not held by Northumberland County Council.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6313
Request Date: 03/07/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

ECHPs
Q.1    The number of initial requests that were made for assessment for an EHC plan during the 2018 calendar year. The council may refer me to the government's SEN 2 data if it is satisfied with the accuracy of the published figure.
Q.2    Of the number of initial requests for assessment for an EHC plan during the 2018 calendar year (i.e. the question 1 figure), how many requests for assessment were refused? This question excludes requests made during the 2017 calendar year that were refused during the 2018 calendar year, but includes requests made during the 2018 calendar year that have been refused during the 2019 calendar year. I leave it to the council's discretion as to whether the SEN 2 figures satisfy these parameters.
Q.3    Of the number of initial requests that were made for assessment for an EHC plan during the 2018 calendar year (i.e. the question 1 figure), how many have resulted in EHC plans being made (including plans made during the 2019 calendar year)? Please note the SEN 2 figures do not provide this data - SEN 2 shows the number of ECH plans that were made during the 2018 calendar year, not 2019, and regardless of the year in which the request for an assessment was made.
Q.4    Of the number of initial requests that were made for assessment for an EHC plan during the 2018 calendar year (i.e. the question 1 figure), how many requests have yet to be decided upon (or are yet to have an ECH plan made, where the need for a plan has been agreed)? Please note the SEN 2 figures do not provide this data - the SEN 2 figures measure the outcomes of those assessments that took place during the 2018 calendar year
If responding to question 4 would take this request over the section 12 cost limit, please exclude question 4 and process the remainder of this request. If responding to questions 1-3 would still take this request over the section 12 cost limit, please exclude questions 1-4 in their entirety and process the remainder of this request.
Finances
Please state:
Q.5    The monetary value of the council's High Needs Block allocation from the government each year in 2018/19 and 2019/20.
Question 5 excludes any transfer of funds by the council from other parts of the DSG into the High Needs Block (or vice versa).
The forecast 2019/20 figures for the following questions 6-8 should be those forecast at the start of the financial year (e.g. as part of annual budget-setting), not forecasts produced by in-year revenue monitoring.
Q.6   The monetary value of the council's actual High Needs Block expenditure each financial year for 2018/19 and forecast for 2019/20.
Q.7   The monetary value of the council's overspend or underspend (please specify) on its High Needs Block in 2018/19 and forecast for 2019/20.
Q.8   The monetary value of transfers (a) to the council's High Needs expenditure from other parts of the council's DSG allocation, and (b) from the council's High Needs Block allocation to other parts of the council's DSG expenditure, in 2018/19 and forecast for 2019/20.
Q.9   Any proposals the council has adopted or is considering adopting to reduce (or limit increases in) its High Needs expenditure in 2019/20, including (but not limited to) mitigating action to tackle forecast High Needs Block overspends, or changes to eligibility for or provision or staffing of special needs education, or restrictions to eligibility for or provision of special needs education transport services.
Bandings
Q.10   Does the council use a banding system to allocate resources for special needs 'top up' funding?
If the answer to question 10 is 'no', please ignore questions 11-14.
Q.11   Has the council changed the value or criteria of its banding system since April 2017? If so, please provide a copy of the impact assessment for the change.
If the answer to question 11 is 'no', please ignore questions 12-14.
Q.12   What were the funding values and criteria for each band under the system prior to the change referred to in question 11? How many children were in each band immediately prior to the change?
Q.13   What were the funding values and criteria for each band under the new system following the change referred to in question 11? How many children were in each band immediately after the change? The council may refer to its impact assessment for this latter aspect.
If data protection reasons mean specific figures cannot be given for the number of children in each band, please state (if known) how many children's top-up funding rose and how many children's top-up funding fell under the change.
Q.14   How many children are currently in each band under the existing banding system?
I would like the information sent by email. Please use the attached spreadsheet to provide the information for questions 1-8.
 
Please see attached spreadsheet for responses to A1 - A8

A.9   A range of proposals are under consideration including the exceptional transfers from Schools Block to High Needs Block, and a review of SEND Commissioning Panel arrangements  

A.10   Yes

A.11   No
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6625
Request Date: 05/09/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

In total, how many times has the council been taken to the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Tribunal in relation to a child's education, health and care (EHC) needs assessment or an EHC plan over the last five years (September 2014 to September 2019)?

The information supplied relates to tribunal appeals registered. Many of these cases did not result in a tribunal hearing and were resolved prior to the hearing. We do not have data before 2017. 

In summary there were 17 appeals registered in 2017, 18 in 2018 and up to the end of August in 2019 there were 20 registered

Of these cases how many were for a refusal to:

• assess a child's EHC needs 

2017 = 2
2018 = 7
2019 = 10

• make a statement of their special educational needs 

0

• reassess their special educational needs 

0

• create an EHC plan 

2017 = 1
2018 = 0
2019 = 0

• change what’s in a child’s special educational needs statement or EHC plan
 
2017 = 11
2018 = 9
2019 = 8

  • maintain the statement or EHC plan

2017 = 3
2018 = 2
2019 = 2
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6865
Request Date: 24/10/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1     What is the total amount of money that Northumberland council get from the government for the Special Educational Needs budget?
Q.2     How it is used? Where it is assigned to?
Q.3     What are the different 'pots' or 'labels' or 'areas'? ( in other words is the money broken up in to sections to put in to various types of SEN, therefore 
Q.4     What are the labels for these sections.

A.1 - A.4     Section 21 Information can be found on NCC website via this link: 
https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/NorthumberlandCountyCouncil/media/Document-store/Agenda-Item-8-Budget-Setting-Report-2019-20-FINAL.pdf  

Q.5     What is the money spent on exactly?
A.5 - Section 40 (2) 

Q.6     How is it divided between schools/individuals?

A.6 Funding is provided to school's but is based on individual pupils' needs or in line with an agreed contract in the case of some non-maintained schools. LA maintained and Academy schools are allocated 'top up' funding using a banding system for mainstream and special schools. 

Q.7     Who makes the decisions on where the money goes?

A.7 There is no one person who makes the decisions on how High Needs funding is allocated, it is allocated by the Local Authority taking account of guidance issued including guidance from the Education Skills Funding Agency and SEND Statutory Guidance.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6867
Request Date: 25/10/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1     The number of EHCP annual reviews completed by the local authority in 2018

A.1    1120
 
Q.2     The number of EHCP annual reviews that were not completed by the local authority in 2018 

A.2    696

Q.3     The number of EHCP annual reviews completed by the local authority from 1st January 2019 to 1 st October 2019 

A.3    708

Q.4     The number of EHCP annual reviews due for completion by the local authority between 1st January 2019 and 31st October 2019, but which have not been completed 

A.4    196

Q.5     The number of EHCP annual reviews that currently remain incomplete at least 6 months after the last review meeting 

A.5    103

Q.6     The number of EHCP annual reviews that currently remain incomplete at least 12 months after the last review meeting 

Q.7     The number of EHCP annual reviews that currently remain incomplete at least 24 months after the last review meeting 

A.6 & A.7 exemption Section 40(2)

Exemptions 

The Freedom of Information Act sets out various exemptions to the right of access. 

In the present case the County Council takes the view that some information is exempt under section 40, on the basis that it is personal information. In this case the Authority relies on sections 40(2) and (3a). 

Section 40 - Personal information . 

(1) Any information to which a request for information relates is exempt information if it constitutes personal data of which the applicant is the data subject. 

(2) Any information to which a request for information relates is also exempt information if- (a) it constitutes personal data which do not fall within subsection (1), and (b) either the first or the second condition below is satisfied. 

Public Interest Test Considerations 
Section 40(2) is a qualified exemption which means that the information falling within the exemption still has to be released unless the public interest in disclosure is outweighed by the public interest in maintaining the exemption.
The reason why the public interest favours withholding the information (OR declining to confirm or deny that it is held) is that any data less than 5 could identify individuals.
 
Advice and Assistance 

The County Council recognises its statutory duty to provide advice and assistance under Section 16 of the Act. 

Subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the Council is seeking to be transparent and open in its response. 

Notice of Refusal 

With the exception of the information disclosed, please treat this letter as a Notice of Refusal as regards the information covered by the Section 40(2) Exemption. 

For these requests, the definition of “complete” is successful completion of all local authority duties laid out in paragraphs 20 and 21 of the 2014 Special Educational Needs & Disability Regulations.