Between July and October 2019, public consultation on the High Needs Block (HNB) Funding for SEND and Inclusion Support took place. As a result, Durham County Council Cabinet approved the initiation of the HNB Sustainability Programme. This began in January 2020 and is a 5-year financial plan that aims to ensure better use of funding so that services that support children and young people with SEND needs and children that are at risk of exclusion, by committing:
- To collectively support an education system within County Durham where inclusion of children and young people in their local schools is the norm, giving parents and carers confidence that their children’s needs will be understood and met.
- To offer a range of specialist learning provisions for some young people who have a high level of needs.
- To make every effort to use all of the resources available to young people effectively and efficiently and to maintain spending within funding limits wherever possible.
Subsequent projects and reviews have been designed to reflect the key messages conveyed by stakeholders through the above consultation, which emphasise the importance of the need to develop additional provision to meet the needs of some of the more complex child/young persons with SEND.
There remains a high demand for specialist places, local special schools are regularly oversubscribed, and we do not currently have all of the right range of provision to meet the range of identified needs. Developing Enhanced Learning Provisions across County Durham will enable children and young people to have their needs met locally, to be part of their local community and to reduce pressures on LA Special schools
Having thoroughly considered all of the above findings, the Members and Trustees of SLP, supported by the Governors and staff of Greenland Community Primary School are interested in looking into the possibility of opening our very own Enhanced Learning Provision on the Greenland Community Primary School site. Our vision is to create a dedicated classroom base for children who require enhanced learning and support whose needs can continue to be met in their local school environment.
Over recent months, we have carried out extensive research into creating our own provision, the benefits and opportunities this will offer our children and how it will further improve the standard of education we can offer them.
The next step in this journey, and probably the most important, is consulting with you to assess what your views and thoughts are on us creating an ELP. With this in mind we will now enter a formal period of consultation during which we welcome your views. Our consultation period will run from Monday 6th September until 12 noon on Monday 11th October 2021.
The link below provides information which explains what an ELP is and the impact this will have upon children attending Greeenland. Whilst we hope this answers any questions you may have; we will also be hosting a Stakeholder Consultation Evening on Tuesday 21st September at 5pm at school where representatives from both SLP and Greenland will present our ideas and vision.
It is important to stress that the consultation period and the comments and feedback we receive will be considered in great depth before any further decisions are made. Please be assured that throughout any potential changes, we will continue to focus on meeting the needs of each and every pupil of our school, placing them at the heart of the learning process and striving to remove any barriers to their learning and success.
Should this proposal go ahead, it is extremely important to reiterate that our school will remain as Greenland Community Primary School and Miss Lewis will continue as Headteacher.
Formal invitations to our Stakeholder Consultation Evening will be sent home closer to the time but in the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please share them with us via the methods listed on the attached.
Many thanks for your continued support.