Local authorities must ensure there are sufficient good school places for all pupils, including those with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and disabilities. The Government has committed £215 million of capital funding nationally (2018-2020) to help local authorities create new school places and improve existing facilities for children and young people with SEN and disabilities, in consultation with parents and providers.
The allocation for Torbay is a total of £500,000 which is split into 3 equal payments for each of the years 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21.
This funding is:
- intended for the children and young people with education, health and care (EHC) plans for whom the local authority is responsible.
- to support local authorities to invest in provision for children and young people with SEN and disabilities aged 0-25 to improve the quality and range of provision available to the local authority.
Torbay aspires to create a well-planned continuum of provision from birth to age 25 that meets the needs of children and young people with Special Educational needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their families as set out in our SEND Strategy.
There are currently 26,745 children and young people under the age of 18 living in Torbay (ONS mid- year 2015). 20,055 children and young people attend state-funded schools in Torbay (January 2016 school census).
Torbay has a high proportion of children and young people with Statements / Education, Health and Care Plans. This equates to 4.4% of the pupil population compared to 2.9% nationally. This figure includes all types of schools including free schools and independent schools (school census 2016 as reported in Local Authority Interactive Tool (LAIT).
The SEND legislation covers the age range 0-25 years. The total number of Torbay pupils with EHC Plans / Statements is 1134 (as of 30/1/17). The following charts demonstrate the number of pupils with either an EHC Plan / Statement by age band and the primary identified need.
Children and young people in Torbay may attend mainstream early years settings, schools or colleges or specialist provision such as mainstream schools with enhanced resource provision or special schools. In a diverse provider landscape the local area must exercise a range of roles and remain committed to the inclusion of children and young people.
In addition to mainstream provision the LA has developed a number of enhanced resource provisions that are delivered by mainstream providers. These include the following:-
- Preston Primary School (Autistic Spectrum Condition)
- Barton Academy (Speech & Language Therapy)
- St Margaret’s Academy (Hearing Impairment)
- The Spires College (Hearing Impairment)
- Brixham College (Autistic Spectrum Condition)
The number of children presenting with additional needs is increasing both locally and nationally. Torbay has taken action to commission additional placements with existing schools, colleges and special schools within the local area. The current capacity of providers to expand the offer further is limited; this is compounded by the demographical demand to create more provision at all phases.
The SEND reforms have required Post 16 provision to be developed further. Additional needs which require enhanced provisions are around students with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Emotional, Socialand Mental Health difficulties (SEMH).
The SEND Strategy provides the framework within which services can develop in an affordable and sustainable manner in the interests of Torbay children.
Participation is a key theme within the SEND Strategy, which also identifies Co-Production as a Priority area. We will ensure that parents, children and young people are involved in discussions and decisions about every aspect of planning, including making provision to meet local needs.
Online, paper based and consultation took place from 1st December 2017 untill 31st January 2018.
This was an opportunity for children and young people with SEN and disabilities, their families and providers, to consider what was being proposed and feedback their views. Responses received were then be used to help inform decision making on how the funding will be allocated.
The Government requires local authorities to complete and publish a short plan that sets out how they intend to invest their allocation, which is visible to parents, carers and other local groups.
The plan for local authorities SEND capital provision allocations should sit coherently with their wider plan.
For Torbay, this is the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Strategy 2016-2020 which sets out the Local Authority (LA) strategy for improving outcomes and life chances for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) across the local area.
The conditions and timeline of this funding are:
Please see Torbay's Special Provision Plan (2018-2021) by either clicking the title or using the downloads section on the right hand side of this webpage.
Please access the documents below by either clicking on the document Titles or using the downloads section on the right-hand side of this webpage.
- Guidance document for the SEND Accessibility Fund Application
- Privacy Notice for the SEND Accessibility Fund Application (this must be included with the application form)
- SEND Accessibility Fund Application Form