Walsall has a range of educational provision to meet the needs of children and young people with special educational needs (SEN). This provides a continuum of provision to reflect a continuum of needs – most SEN will be met in mainstream schools (see the Universal Local Offer) but we have specialist provision for the most complex needs – this is additionally resourced provision (ARP) in mainstream schools and special schools. (This is provision that specialises in an area of SEN – so we will offer provision that is a ‘match’ to your child’s needs.)
All of our specialist provision is good or outstanding – our children and young people achieve the best outcomes when they are in our provision.
In exceptional circumstances children and young people have needs that are so complex that our specialists are not able to meet these needs – in these circumstances, specialist assessments are carried out and we may decide to place a child in an ‘out of borough’ specialist provision. This is a step of last resort as we acknowledge that Walsall children need to stay within and ‘know’ their community – we aim to be able to provide what our children need in Walsall.
Our responsibility is to identify a child’s special educational needs – then identify provision that meets those needs appropriately – arrangements that will achieve the best outcomes for the child.
Post-16 education and training is provided by Walsall’s 18 secondary schools and Academies (each of which has a sixth form), the Black County UTC, a Studio School, Walsall College, Walsall Adult Community College and a range of private and third sector training providers. In most cases the needs of young people with Learning Difficulties and or Disabilities (LDD) will be met by these providers who offer a wide range of support for children with special educational needs (SEN).
We also have 3 special schools with sixth forms for students whose needs are assessed as particularly complex.
Walsall College has wide-ranging provision available for young people (and adults) with learning difficulties and or disabilities (LDD). Programmes offered vary from Life Skills, for learners with moderate and complex learning difficulties and or disabilities, to Skills for Working Life for those with less complex needs. They are currently developing a model to deliver Supported Internships from September 2014.
Walsall Adult Community College also has a well-established resource offering independent living skills to LDD learners.
All schools, academies, colleges and training providers advertise their courses on the area online prospectus which is hosted by UCAS. Progress and funded by the LA so that young people can access all information about future progression routes in one place.
Area prospectus - https://www.ucasprogress.com/
A very small number of post 16 high needs students (HNS) are currently assessed as requiring specialist provision that cannot be provided in Walsall – these students are placed in appropriate out of borough Independent Specialist Providers.
The Local Offer will reflect the four pathways identified by the Preparing for Adulthood pilots to support young people with Employment, Independent Living, Community Inclusion and Health.
Our range of provision includes specialist ‘sectors’ – this is provision geared to meet particular needs. This means that the environment and equipment; the teaching approaches; the curriculum; the skills and knowledge of the staff are expert in their area of SEN. We have different schools for different types of needs – many children have more than one need but they always have a ‘primary’ need and this is what indicates the appropriate type of school.
Additionally Resourced Provision (ARP) – ASD; SLI; PD; HI (see school websites for their local offer – what they do that makes them special)
Special schools - PMLD; SLD; MLD; BESD
The pupils in our special schools often have a number of needs - many pupils will have additional autism; some have communication needs; some, challenging behaviours; sensory impairment etc – but they will all have the same primary need. Staff in all our special schools have a range of specialist skills and qualifications (see school websites for their local offer – what they do that makes them special)
What do the abbreviations mean?
The curriculum and how we teach will vary for each of these needs and that we is why we have different types of provision
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder - increasingly called Condition rather than Disorder. You may hear autism; characteristics of autism; Aspergers.
These are all similar but not the same
BESD - Behaviour, Emotional, Social Difficulties.
HI - Hearing Impairment
VI Visual Impairment
PMLD - Profound and multiple leaning difficulties
PD - Physical disability (or difficulties )
MLD - Moderate learning difficulties
SLD - Severe learning difficulties
SLI - Severe Language Impairment
SLCN - Speech, language and communication needs
LDD - Learning Difficulties and disabilities (this term is used in Adults’ services)
LDA - Learning Difficulties Assessment
EHCP - Education, health and Care Plan (a single plan for a child that all services contribute to – you get ONE plan that covers everything)
For more information please contact
Name Claire Goss Contact
Telephone 01922 655761
Contact Email Claire.Goss@walsall.gov.uk