Thoughts on how to approach completing the survey - re latest update on SCC’s SEND Strategy Consulta
In order to understand and answer the questions in the consultation, you will first need to read the SEND strategy document that accompanies the survey.
There are questions asking for a ranking of the importance of the 5 principles and 4 action areas of the Transformation strategy to future SEND success, from Strongly Agree through to Strongly Disagree. This is about what saying what priority you want placed on them. At the end of each ranking question, there is an open text -box where you can add other thoughts and ideas.
It may help to think of the SEND transformation strategy as similar to an Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP) for the SEND system in Surrey. The proposed principles represent the “outcomes” that the Council wants to achieve for children and young people with SEND in Surrey. But you can also choose to use the free text boxes to comment on the strengths and weaknesses of the current system (“needs”) and suggest appropriate interventions to support those strengths and address the weaknesses (“provision”).
Finally, you may want to think about how to deliver this provision in the way that offers best value for money while still meeting needs appropriately.
It will help to get your point across clearly, if you structure your response – possible ways to this are given below. It will also make it easier to pick out clear themes from all the responses provided.
Key points to consider in giving your response to the Consultation:
reasons for agreeing or disagreeing with the principles
alternative or complementary principles
risks to be considered
concerns and issues needing to be addressed
key actions or interventions that would lead to system improvements and better outcomes for children
your priority areas for saving or investing
additional information or evidence needed to inform the strategy
how success could be measured and monitored
The information you give will be invaluable in any future detailed planning and design work and in the Equality Impact Analysis which the council must complete as part of the consultation.
Additional “Prompt” questions/headings that could help you shape your response:
For the questions that ask about principles:
New principles: Are there other principles you think should be added?
Clarity: Are there any points that leave you uncertain or where you need more details?
Areas of need: Are there areas of need not addressed by the principles?
Types of support: Are there any key actions or types of support needed for the principles to be achieved?
Measures to use: How will we know when the principles have been achieved?
For the questions that ask about actions:
Missing Needs: Are there needs that are not being addressed here? What are they?
Lack of clarity: Are there actions that are not clear to you? What more would you like to know?
New Actions: Do you have ideas on actions that are missing or that would complement the proposals?
Priorities/ Dependency: Do you feel that any individual actions are more important than others? What is your ranking? Are some dependent on others?
Opportunities: Are there other opportunities you can see that need to be included? Are there any proposed actions that you particularly welcome?
Barriers/ Challenges: What barriers or challenges do you anticipate will need to be overcome?
Concerns/ Risks to manage: Do you have concerns, risks or issues you think need to be considered in relation to the proposed actions? What are they? How could they be dealt with? What would reassure you?
Parent carer/ Children involvement in change development and implementation: How will parents/ children be involved in the design and delivery of transformation actions? How will future detailed consultation and communication of changes be done?
Finance/ resources: Do you have queries about these aspects? What would you like to know?