This newly developed tool provides Hertfordshire schools with a framework for discussion about their policy and provision for SEND within the good practice and statutory guidance of the SEND Code of Practice 2015.  Using a collaborative, problem solving approach, schools will be able to highlight strengths and areas for future development against the expectations summarised within the Hertfordshire SEND Quality Offer. Nearly 90% of schools within DSPL3 have attended a briefing session and are either currently carrying out or have already competed their benchmarking and subsequent planning.   The DSPL3 Manager is collating the results of the benchmarking in order to identify any strategic areas for development – see tables below for an overview as at 6/11/17

From data gathered so far, we will be considering how we can strategically support more schools to move to expected or exemplary in the following areas:

Outcome 1:   Providing high quality provision that meets the needs of children and young people with SEND 

Aspect g: The four-part cycle of the graduated approach demonstrates strong collaboration through which decisions and actions are made, revisited, refined and revised.

Outcome 2: Improving short and long term outcomes for children and young people with SEND 

Aspect e: A fully embedded graduated approach demonstrating active participation of teachers, children and young people and their families leads to good progress and outcomes.

Outcome 3: Communicating sensitively, appropriately and effectively with parents, children and young people with SEND. Engendering trust, confidence, respect and a constructive partnership working.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Aspect d: The opportunities to capture and explore the level of parental confidence about the school’s provision and practice for children and young people with SEND are consistently applied across the school and gathered, analysed and used to inform developments in practice

Outcome 4:  Managing resources for SEN through a transparent approach that is fair, meets the needs of children and young people with SEND and achieves best value for money    

Aspect b: Provision management systematically and consistently demonstrates the impact of provision on outcomes and progress. Provision management is central to school improvement and value for money principles are in place.

Outcome 5: Working proactively and collaboratively to improve provision

Aspect c:  The SEN information report is published on the website, updated annually and made increasingly accessible to children and young people and their families through well-embedded co-production. All staff are knowledgeable about its content and this is reflected in consistent practices across the school

Many thanks to the following schools that have submitted their data:

All Saints Primary School & Nursery, Ardeley St Lawrence C of E School & Nursery, Christ Church C of E Primary and Nursery School, Hertford St Andrew, Herts and Essex, Hillmead Primary School, Hockerill Anglo European College, Hunsdon JMI, Jenyns First School & Nursery, Kingshill Infant School, Layston, Leventhorpe, Little Hadham Primary School, Little Munden, Manor Fields, Mill Mead Primary School, Northgate Primary School, Priors Wood Primary School, Sacred Heart Catholic School, Simon Balle All-through School, Spellbrook Primary School, St Andrew’s CE Primary School (MH), St Joseph’s (H), St Michael’s Church of England Primary School, Stapleford Primary,  Summercroft, The Bishop’s Stortford High School, The Fawbert and Barnard Infants School, The Sele School, Thorley Hill Primary, Thorn Grove, Tonwell St Mary’s, Tower Primary, Wareside, Wheatcroft Primary School and Windhill21.