CONSULTATION ON THE PROPOSAL TO DEVELOP AN ADDITIONAL RESOURCED PROVISION TO DELIVER SPECIALIST PROVISION TO CHILDREN WITH COGNITION AND MODERATE TO SEVERE LEARNING DIFFICULTIES AT BROADFIELDS PRIMARY SCHOOL
The London Borough of Barnet’s vision for all children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities is to achieve well, be confident individuals, live fulfilling lives and successfully transition to adulthood.
The Council’s SEND Strategy, sets out ambitious and realistic objectives to ensure Barnet’s provision is the first choice for children and young people with high needs and their families. A priority in the Strategy is the need to ensure that there is sufficient high-quality provision in Barnet for children with special educational needs who need access to specialist educational provision. The local authority is also committed to ensuring that children and young people with SEND benefit from inclusion in their local community by ensuring that they can access the right provision close to home as possible, and thus reducing the need for them to have to travel long distances to access out of borough or independent provision due to a lack of suitable in-borough provision. The Strategy also recognises that children with Cognition and Moderate to Severe Learning Difficulties, alongside those with Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties (SEMH) and Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) are increasing in numbers and will require specialist intervention supported in specialist resourced provision.
The existing Additional Resourced Provision (ARP) at Broadfields school was established in 2007. The ARP has a strong record of successfully catering for the needs of children with an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC), whilst also building parental confidence and satisfaction.
The local authority’s SEND projections show that the number of primary school pupils with an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) with Cognition and Moderate to Severe Learning Difficulties will increase from 477 in 2020/21 to 546 in 2022/23. The majority of these children will have their needs met in mainstream schools, with appropriate and necessary support. For those children with a greater level of need, access to more specialist provision is required. This is either a place in an ARP or for a small number with the most complex and significant needs, a special school.
This document outlines the proposal to develop an additional ARP at Broadfields school to help meet the growing demand of pupils with SEND, specifically for children with Cognition and Moderate to Severe Learning Difficulties.
Broadfields Primary School, with the support from the local authority, is proposing to provide an additional specialist provision for 24 places. This ARP will meet the needs of pupils with an EHCP that identifies Cognition and/or Moderate to Severe Learning Difficulties, whose needs are not severe enough to require a place at a special school and who may well benefit from spending a proportion of their time in mainstream classes.
The expansion will be implemented in the autumn term 2021, if approved. Broadfield Primary School is a 3FE primary school with 733 places (Including nursery places) for children aged 2-11 years. It was rated by Ofsted as a good school during their last inspection in June 2019. The inspection report stated that the school is inclusive and welcoming.
The local authority considers that an additional ARP at Broadfields Primary School will allow for the current wide range of effective support for pupils with SEND already being delivered in the mainstream and the existing ARP at the school be developed to support a larger cohort of children. This development will further enhance the education offer the school provides to the community.
Building works for the proposed expansion will comprise three large spaces for teaching. The building will also include a sensory room, a therapy space and a group room. The new building will also include a small office, storage area and toilet facilities. The new ARP will have an external play area with a canopy over the external space and will be accessible from the classrooms. If the proposal is agreed, the building can be installed by November 2021, until then existing spaces within the school will be used, with minimal impact on the overall organisation and running of the school.
Admission and Pupil Numbers
As with all of the ARPs, admissions to the ARP follow a different procedure from that operating for the rest of the school. Admissions into the ARP will be through the Barnet SEN panel process managed by Barnet Education and Learning Service (BELS) on behalf of the council.. This will not impact on pupils who are in the mainstream setting at the school The Agreed Place Number (APN) for the ARP will be 24. This APN does not usually count against the school’s admission numbers as all ARPs in Barnet are separately and additionally funded, although their individual modes and styles of operation may be different. Therefore, the APN does not affect the school’s Published Admission Number (PAN) as set by the Local Authority.
ARPs in Barnet will be normally funded in accordance with a Place Led Funding approach that complies with the Government’s SEN Funding Reforms which came into effect in April 2018. For each place in the ARP, Broadfields Primary school will receive place funding and top-up funding which is based on the needs of each child.
What Happens Next?
This is an opportunity to express your views and comment on the proposal to expand the Additional Resourced Provision (ARP) at Broadfields Primary School during the period of consultation. The consultation period starts on Wednesday 19th May 2021 and will close on Tuesday 22nd June 2021.
Please note that there will be opportunities to discuss this proposal on Tuesday 8th June at 11:00am and 7:00pm.
The link to the online meeting can be found here:
Google Meet joining info: https://meet.google.com/czt-qksr-zvs
All responses will be considered after the consultation ends.
The local authority and Broadfields Primary School will review the proposal in light of the consultation responses and then make a recommendation to the Regional School Commissioner (RSC).
If the outcome of the consultation is to agree the proposal, and the recommendation accepted, the new ARP will go ahead from September 2021.
Consultation period 19 May - 22nd June 2021
Decision to accept the recommendation by the RSC July 2021
Implementation From September 2021
Have Your Say
You can state whether you support the expansion proposal or not by completing the consultation questionnaire which can be accessed via the link below:
If you have any other questions regarding this proposal, please call Robin Archibald on 020 8359 5430