A strategy designed to improve the lives of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Wolverhampton has been published.

The Wolverhampton SEND and Inclusion Partnership Board Strategy 2024 to 2027 sets out the vision and key priorities that the council and other partners in the city will focus on over the next 3 years.

It has been co-produced with stakeholders and has been updated to reflect the significant progress and changes in Wolverhampton’s SEND and inclusion services over the last 3 years. 

The strategy can be found at Wolverhampton Strategy for Children and Young People with SEND and features 5 key priorities:

  • create environments that are designed to offer every child and young person the support they need to fulfil their potential, both within the classroom and beyond
  • support children and young people to successfully move through education and into adulthood, regardless of whether they have an EHCP, through the wide variety of routes available
  • building on the extensive expertise among SEND professionals, setting consistent standards and incentives to create a united workforce around the child or young person
  • creating a vision for a SEND and alternative provision system where decisions are made collectively and consistently by partnerships and informed by robust data and evidence
  • making sure that money is used in the best way so everyone can get the support they need, when they need it.

Councillor Jacqui Coogan, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Work, said: "We are determined that children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, including health and social needs, get the support they and their families need to lead a good quality life and to achieve their full potential. 

"We believe that by working together with families and partners we will achieve this.  

"This strategy sets out the vision and priorities of the SEND and Inclusion Partnership Board’s offer to children, young people and their families. It also recognises and builds on our strengths and what works well for families.

"I'd like to thank everyone who took the time to have their say during the consultation last autumn, with more than 85% of the respondents either agreeing or strongly agreeing with the priorities set out in the strategy.

"The Board will review the strategy and action plan on an annual basis to ensure that organisations remain focused on the right things and improve outcomes for children and young people in Wolverhampton."

The SEND and Inclusion Partnership Board includes representatives of key city partner organisations who meet regularly to provide strategic direction to improve the lives of children and young people with SEND and additional support needs.

The SEND Local offer website provides a wide range of information in a single place for children, young people, their parents and carers. Visit Wolverhampton's Local offer to find out more.