Manchester City Council shared with us a report from their recent Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee meeting on the strategic review of SEND provision.

The report is a summary of all the information gathered during the review – including the MPCF surveys and our Working Together event, as well as information from young people, schools and colleges, and through groups such as the Local Offer Review Board.

The report is quite a long one but one key takeaway from it is that the local authority executive has agreed that Manchester City Council can use an additional £20 million of its basic need capital funding to build new specialist provision over the next few years. This is in addition to the £2.9 million already allocated by the Department for Education (DfE) for spending on new SEND building projects.

We would like to thank all parents and carers who take time to answer surveys that we post out here on the website and on social media, as well as those who speak to us during forum events such as coffee mornings and family events across the city. We share your (anonymous) feedback with the relevant bodies, and these inform reports like this one, as well as actions that the Manchester city council takes in relation to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

The council has also wanted to let forum members and supporters know that they are “really grateful for their contributions to the surveys/events and also to their strategic role in groups such as the Local Offer Review Board, SEND Board etc – their involvement is really valued.”

Download the report*

* File Source: Manchester City Council