We have a statutory duty to secure sufficient and suitable school places for children within the County, and in doing so ensure that resources and facilities are efficiently utilised to deliver the education opportunities that our children deserve.
As part of the School Standards and Organisation (Wales) Act 2013 we have a statutory duty to consult with members of the community and appropriate stakeholders when considering any significant school organisation proposals.
We are currently consulting on the proposal to implement a new delivery model to meet the needs of Children and Young People with additional learning needs and those presenting with challenging behaviour.
The consultation document clarifies our aims for the future, identifies the key principles behind our proposal, and provides an analysis of both current and projected need. It refers to the Welsh Government plans to transform expectations, experiences and outcomes for children and young people with additional learning needs (ALN) specifically through the introduction of new legislation under the Additional Learning Needs and Tribunal (Wales) Act planned for implementation from September 2020.
The Local Authority will also be engaging with Children and Young People throughout the consultation period, talking through the Children and Young People’s consultation document.
The consultation period ended on the 27th May 2018 and the consultation report has been published which represents the Council’s responsibility as part of the School Standards and Organisation (Wales) Act 2013 to publish a consultation report and:
- Summarises each of the issues raised by consultees
- Responds to these issues where necessary
- Sets out Estyn’s view (as provided in its consultation response) of the overall merits of the proposal.
On the 5th September 2018, Cabinet will consider the consultation report, the recommendations made to them and decide whether to proceed with the proposals by way of publishing statutory notices.