A Pathfinder Update Stuart Bromwich. General DfE update.
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A Pathfinder UpdateStuart Bromwich
General DfE update
Recent pathfinder developments
On 13 November the first Mandate between the Government and the NHS Commissioning Board was published,
setting out ambitions for the health service for the next two years.
The Mandate is structured around five key areas where the Government expects the NHS Commissioning Board to
Bullet 4, 'ensuring that people have a positive experience of care', includes a specific pledge at paragraph 4.13 to
improve support for children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities. This will be
achieved through the Board's objective to 'ensure that they have access to the services identified in their agreed care
plan, and that parents of children who could benefit have the option of a personal budget based on a single assessment
across health, social care and education for children'.
first version of their local offer.
The York local offer is published on the local authority website and has been developed as a brochure, therefore lacking the instant interaction with schools and services, but a good start.
Link to the SEND provisions
Search by function i.e. Schools; linking to the school individual local offers
Local offer front page; part of the school website
Specific areas of the offer, such as achievement support (follow the link.....)
Personal Budgets should be drawn from funding for individual support over and above that provided by universal services or targeted provision.
For example, it is not expected that any funding delegated to a school as required by school finance regulations to be included in a personal budget (funding up to £10,000 under the new arrangements)
Personal Budgets – Government Expectations
From April 2013, this means that:
₁ Gloucestershire Council Funding Advice - http://glostext.gloucestershire.gov.uk/documents/s10801/School%20Funding%20Reform%20consultation%20paper%20June12%20A.pdf