Coproducing the NNPCF response

This survey is for ALL parent carers of a child or young person (birth-25) with special educational needs and/or a disability (SEND).

Better support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) is at the heart of a new national plan, with a key focus on ending the postcode lottery that leaves too many with worse outcomes than their peers.

The green paper, published Tuesday 29 March, sets out the government vision for a single, national SEND and Alternative Provision system that will introduce new standards in the quality of support given to children across education, health and care.

The DfE are seeking views on the green paper about the changes they want to make to the special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and alternative provision (AP) system in England, which will close on 22nd July.

It is critical that the NNPCF is fully engaged with the SEND Review and coproduces our response.

This survey will capture the responses of our members and will also allow individual parents to submit a contribution to our overall response.  Please share the survey with all of your contacts – the more responses we gather, the more our voice will be heard!
 
The survey should take 10-15 minutes to complete.  If you have more than one child with SEND, please complete the survey only once.

The survey will close on 30th June 2022.

Thank you for taking the time to share your views.

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* 1. Does your child/children have an EHC Plan? (Please tick all that apply)

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* 2. How old is your child/children?

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* 3. What type of setting does your child attend?

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* 4. Do you think there should be national standards for SEND services?

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* 5. Do you think that the national SEND standards should apply to (tick all that apply):

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* 6. Should the national SEND standards define services that are (tick all that apply):

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* 7. Should there be a minimum standard for what the Local Offer should deliver?

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* 8. Should the standards include a list of reasonable adjustments?  A 'Reasonable Adjustment' is a change that must be made to remove or reduce a disadvantage if a person has a disability, to make things fairer to everyone.

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* 9. Do you think that standards should include a maximum waiting time for services?

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* 10. Do you think standards should include coproduction with families and with representative groups? 

Coproduction is 'an equal and reciprocal partnership where everyone’s experience, knowledge and skills are used to create better outcomes.'

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* 11. What do you think needs to change about EHC Plans?

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* 12. Should EHC Plans be accessible to all e.g available online or in a paper format if required, Easy Read and different languages?

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* 13. Do you agree that children with an EHC Plan should be able to pick a school/setting from a tailored list in their local area?

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* 14. Do you think that children with an EHC Plan should be able to choose a school/setting that is not on that list?

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* 15. If there is a list, would you have confidence in a list that is (tick all that apply):

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* 16. If there is a dispute about an EHC Plan, do you think that the local authority and family should have mediation to resolve any problems before going to tribunal? (Mediation means talking through the issues with an independent person and helping everyone to come to a joint decision).

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* 17. Should this mediation be binding? (Should whatever is agreed at mediation be tried before going to tribunal)

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* 18. Do you think that the SEND Tribunal should have the power to make binding judgements on: (tick all that apply)

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* 19. Do you think the tribunal process is effective at holding schools/settings to account in cases of discrimination?

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* 20. Should the SEND Tribunal have additional powers to make schools/settings do what the tribunal is telling them to do?

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* 21. Do local authorities need additional extra or additional powers to hold schools/settings to account?

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* 22. Do you think teaching staff need more SEND training to understand and support the children they teach?

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* 23. Who do think needs to have extra training to help, understand and support children/young people with SEND in each school/setting?

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* 24. Should all SENCOs have to undergo training and gain a qualification before they can do this role?

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* 25. Should a member of the school leadership team have specific responsibility for SEND?

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* 26. Do you think that children and young people with similar needs should get similar amounts of funding regardless of where they live?

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* 27. Do you think that schools delivering similar provision for a child or young person should be required to charge similar tariffs?

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* 28. Should there be a minimum and a maximum amount that schools can charge for a specific need?

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* 29. Do you think the government needs more powers to make schools, local authorities and health services deliver national standards for SEND services or provision?

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* 30. What one change to current SEND provision would make the biggest difference to your child and family?  Please add any final comments here.

Finally, you can access the DfE consultation here

It is really important that as many parent carers as possible respond directly to the DfE consultation.  Please respond directly to the DfE consultation as well if you are able to and encourage other parent carers to do the same!

Many thanks.

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