The Delivering Better Outcomes Together consortium provide specialist advice, training and support to professionals and practitioners through the SEND regional structure to support them in implementing the SEND reforms.
The consortium is made up of three organisations; Mott MacDonald, NDTi and CDC. Together we deliver a range of flexible and tailored support to help improve understanding, build confidence and support best practice in relation to the reforms to SEND provision. Working with the sector we look at the issues and challenges of implementing the reforms and seek to find solutions by sharing and developing areas of good practice.
Supporting local authorities
We provide a range of flexible support to local authorities through a network of 9 regional SEND leads. The regional lead is a named individual/individuals in either an individual local authority or a consortium of local authorities and their partners. They provide intelligence from the ground to highlight areas where further support is needed and provide a route to cascade information back to local authorities. The 9 regional leads are:
- London: London Borough of Greenwich
- Yorkshire and Humber: Calderdale Metropolitan Borough working in partnership with City of York Councils
- North East: Durham County Council
- North West: Oldham, Trafford and St Helen’s Metropolitan Borough Council
- West Midlands: Coventry City Council working in partnership with Solihull Council
- East Midlands: Leicester City Council
- East of England: Peterborough Council
- South West: Torbay Council
- South East: Portsmouth City Council
To support them in understanding their new legal duties and improve service provision we oversee a team of specialist SEND advisers who make regular visits to local authorities. They help identify any problems emerging and provide targeted advice and support to local authorities and their partners as needed. We also host a series of working groups that meet on a regular basis to share learning and exchange ideas for improving delivery.
To find out more about the SEND Regional Network visit https://www.sendpathfinder.co.uk/send-regional-coordinators
Senior Management Leadership Programme
Part of the support offer to local authorities is a leadership programme for senior leaders which provides a combination of legal training, personal development and practical advice on delivery. The programme has been running since its pilot in 2015 and is now accepting applications for Sept 2019 – March 2020, with 40 spaces in total.
For more information visit https://www.ndti.org.uk/our-work/our-projects/leadership/leadership-training
This was an amazing course which really helped me understand the SEND reforms.
Assistant Director of Children Services