County Council agreed a motion on 22nd September 2020 requesting that ‘the Children and Young People Overview and Scrutiny Committee to set up a Task and Finish Group (TFG) to monitor delivery of SEND provision. This is the report and recommendations of the TFG.
Cabinet Portfolio Holder – Councillor Colin Hayfield
Councillor Colin Hayfield (Portfolio Holder for Education and Learning) commended the task and finish review as a good example of this type of work. Evidence gathering meetings had been well attended and had received good support from officers. Councillor Andy Crump (Portfolio Holder for Fire & Rescue and Community Safety) commended the report stating that it was an excellent piece of work. Councillor Pam Williams considered that the recommendations contained in the report point in the right direction.
Councillor Helen Adkins (Leader of the Labour Group) expressed her satisfaction at working in a cross-party environment. She agreed that officers had been very supportive. Regarding the establishment of a members SEND panel she asked that this be undertaken as soon after the election as possible. This latter point was agreed by Councillor Izzi Seccombe.
That Cabinet approve the recommendations of the SEND & Inclusion task and finish group as set out in Section 2 of the report.