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 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 Bromley working in partnership with the London Borough of Enfield
- Yorkshire and Humber: Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council working in partnership with North Yorkshire and City of York Councils
- North East: Durham County Council
- North West: Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council
- West Midlands: Coventry City Council working in partnership with Birmingham City, Dudley, Herefordshire, Sandwell, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Telford and Wrekin, Walsall, Warwickshire, Wolverhampton and Worcestershire Councils.
- East Midlands: Leicester City Council working in partnership with Nottinghamshire County Council
- East of England: Hertfordshire County Council working in partnership with Herts Valley Clinical Commissioning Group, East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Bedford Borough Council, Peterborough Council, Essex County Council and Cambridgeshire County Council
- South West: Dorset County Council working in partnership with Plymouth City Council, Bournemouth Borough Council, Poole Borough Council and NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group.
- 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 www.sendpathfinder.co.uk
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 was successfully piloted in 2015 to 40 local authority representatives and will run again in 2016.
For more information visit www.ndti.org.uk/how-we-do-it/training/leadership-training/
This was an amazing course which really helped me understand the SEND reforms.
Assistant Director of Children Services