What is the SEND strategy?
The SEND Strategy 'SEND is everybody's business' sets out what Peterborough and Cambridgeshire wants to achieve over the next five years for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
It will be supported by an action plan that sets out in more detail how we will do this.
What is the Pledge?
The Peterborough and Cambridgeshire Pledge is a commitment to demonstrating the values of how we want to behave when working together to support children and young people with SEND and how we will deliver the SEND Strategy.
More than 100 entries were received for the SEND Pledge Art Competition and the winning and shortlisted artworks were displayed as part of the launch event for the joint SEND strategy for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough at St Peters School in Huntingdon today (22 January).
The Strategy - SEND is Everybody’s Business - sets out our vision, principles and priorities to identify and meet the needs of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) from birth to the age of 25.The three priorities are:
- SEND is Everybody’s Business – a commitment to work together to consider and provide for the needs of children and young people with SEND
- Identify and respond to needs early – providing the best support as early as we can to ensure that all children with SEND achieve to the best of their ability
- Deliver in the right place at the right time – providing high-quality local support so that young people with SEND can thrive and be the best that they can be
The winning artworks will be used to create a series of posters to illustrate the qualities we will display as we work together with children and families with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to help them to achieve their potential as well as for other publications and materials.
The winners were chosen by a panel of judges which included elected Councillors, professional artists Julie Reed and Faye Panchal and representatives from parent carer forums. Each winner was presented with a £75 voucher for art materials for their school and a personal £25 art voucher.
The winners are:
- Welcome everyone: Bella, Hampton College, Peterborough
- Celebrate success: Spring Common Academy special school student, Huntingdon
- Be positive, Elizabeth, St Laurence RC School, Cambridge
- Build confidence: Hayden, Alconbury Primary School
- Listen: Ojasvi, Kings Hedges Primary
- Aim High: Robert, Alconbury Primary School
- Trust each other: Lilly, City of Peterborough Academy
- Value Individuality: Impington Village College student
- Create opportunities: Spring Common Academy special school student, Huntingdon
- Be honest: Antonio, City College, Peterborough
Councillor Simon Bywater, Chairman of the Children and Young People Committee for Cambridgeshire County Council, said, “It was very difficult to shortlist these entries as it was clear how much hard work and creativity had gone into every entry. It was pleasing to note that ‘Aim High’, ‘Be Positive and ‘Welcome Everyone’ were the most competitive categories and you could see that these aspirations had really captured the imagination of children and young people.”
Councillor Lynne Ayres Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Education, Skills and the University at Peterborough City Council, said, “I was delighted to see such an impressive range of entries from across Peterborough and Cambridge, from all ages and from children with SEND and those without. The ambition of our joint strategy is to create an inclusive environment where SEND is Everybody’s Business and I think that the enthusiasm with which children and young people contributed to this competition really demonstrates this.”
The Strategy is available on the SEND local offer sections of the Cambridgeshire County Council website and the Peterborough City Council SEND website.
A huge thank you to everyone who contributed their thoughts and ideas in the consultation on the draft strategy in November 2018.
A wide range of individual views were provided as additional comments in the survey responses. A number of themes identified including workforce development and accountability will be reflected in the development of the action plan.