Embedding Person Centred Reviews
This is always a very busy time of year, with the second round of SEN Reviews. (Within an academic year there are two planned times to officially meet and discuss progress: in October and again in March.) Our October reviews were very successful, as we worked on a very different framework – the person centred review format.
Five months later, I am going to use this same format for one of our pupils who is at the School Action Plus stage of the SEN ‘ladder’. However, as I write this we are awaiting the outcome of the Review Panel at Stockport Local Authority. This Review Panel meets every fortnight to read, discuss and make recommendations linked to paperwork requesting additional support to meet children’s individual needs. We have put in paperwork requesting a Statement of Educational Needs for this one pupil. We feel that we have reached a stage when the individual provision we make in school is not totally meeting his needs, and have requested a formal recommendation that brings with it some funding.
Once we know the outcome recommended by the Review Panel, I look forward to running a detailed person centred review, and link this to the recommendations of the Statement, we can then write very clear and relevant targets.
We are also looking at how we can link the information from person centred reviews to the discussion about funding with the Headteacher and school administrator, as we set our new budget in April. We will be able to build in the funding element of support and targets, to ensure that they are long lasting. Linking person centred reviews to funding and budgets is a new area for us.
We are also looking at how we support everyone to prepare for their reviews. Here is some of the paperwork that we are introducing to help with this. Leading up the review I meet with all the teachers individually to discuss the needs of all the pupils in the class. This is a really valuable time, as it gives me a very clear overview of all the individual needs of all our children. We will let you know how we get on with the preparation document in future blogs.