National survey measuring EHCP impact launched
Children and young people, families and practitioners across Surrey are being asked to take part in a national evaluation looking at the impact of education, health and care plans (EHCP). Surrey County Council wants to see where they are compared to the previous evaluation in 2015, what has improved and what they still need to improve. The Personal Outcomes Evaluation Tool (POET) has been developed by the charity In Control with Lancaster University and is supported by the Department for Education. It will help Surrey to make the improvements needed after the Ofsted and Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection. Watch our animation to find out more:
Surrey County Council and its partners know there is still a lot of work to do to improve the system and experiences for families, which is why Surrey is participating in the next round of POET evaluations. The surveys will run throughout the summer term. They are completely anonymous and the responses will be used to benchmark Surrey against other local authorities in England. If you work with a child or young person with SEND who has an EHCP we want to hear from you. Please fill in the survey and have your say: Survey for parents/carers of children and young people who have an Education Health and Care Plan
SEND POET Survey Report
What did the first survey from autumn 2015 show?
Practitioners, parents and young people volunteered to participate from October to December 2015, with responses going to In Control for analysis and benchmarking. In March 2016, Surrey received its own nationally benchmarked report although the overall national report is yet to be published. The Surrey SEND POET Partnership Task and Finish Group would like to thank everyone who took part. Summary of findings
In summary, 106 practitioners from education, health and social care took part in the Surrey practitioners’ POET survey (out of 2,989 who took part nationally), the single largest group of whom were special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCOs), in line with the national pattern.
Some of the practitioner responses suggest that the introduction of the education, health and care plan (EHCP) is beginning to have a positive impact on some aspects of work (67% of practitioners reported, for example, that the EHCP had helped them to work in partnership with parents), however other responses indicate that there is still a significant amount of work to be done and that the rate of progress in Surrey across a number of areas is not as rapid as in a number of other local authorities.
In terms of Surrey’s parent POET survey, 50 parent responses were benchmarked against the national response of 1,830 parents (more than 50 Surrey parents took part but not all parents completed all the questions and therefore were not included in the benchmarking).
Their responses show that a wide range of practitioners were actively involved in the development of EHCPs (although only 44% reported the involvement of a SENCO compared with the national 62%).
Half of the Surrey parents reported that their views had been fully included in the development of the EHCP and 41% said that the views of their child had been included, however this still lags behind the national proportion of 74% reporting their own involvement in the EHCP process and 61% saying the child’s views had been taken on board.
The responses to the survey informed us that there was, and still is, considerable work to do to improve Surrey parents’ experience of the quality of their child’s support, their degree of choice and control, and how well they believe this support has impacted on their child’s outcomes. The findings of the survey have continued to influence the improvement through the SEND Development Plan which is currently being refreshed.