Opinions sought on enhanced provision in Schools

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Aberdeenshire Council is inviting parents, young people, school staff and other professionals to help shape the future of school enhanced provision in the area.

The council is carrying out a programme of consultation and engagement until Friday, December 14, as part of a comprehensive review of how it delivers services to children with additional support needs.

Services for children with additional support needs are currently provided by Aberdeenshire’s four special schools, over 40 units, bases and learning centres, support for learning teams and specialist services such as sensory support and English as an Additional Language teams.

Those who take part in the consultation will be asked to share their views about the current provision, as well as give ideas about how service delivery could be reshaped. An online survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GRCY82V for parents to share their views until Friday, December 7, while school staff will receive a consultation pack to discuss their views as a team.

In addition, consultation events will be held across Aberdeenshire in the coming weeks for parents, carers, school staff and other professionals to attend.

A number of case studies will also be completed to explore young people’s views of the support they currently receive.

A report on the consultation and engagement findings is expected to come before the Education, Learning and Leisure Committee in February 2013, along with a proposal for reshaping enhanced provision. It is expected that improved changes to the current provision would be implemented from August 2013.

Chair of the council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, Councillor Isobel Davidson, said: “It is very important that as many people as possible from across Aberdeenshire get involved in this consultation.

“We want to know your views on the current enhanced provision which is in place in Aberdeenshire and how you feel the service should develop in future years.

“The fundamental aim of the review is to ensure equity of high-quality provision for meeting additional support needs across Aberdeenshire.”

Vice-chair of the committee, Councillor Ron McKail, added: “We have tried to make it as easy as possible for people to engage with us via this consultation and I would urge parents, carers and staff to take the time to provide their feedback and help shape the future of enhanced provision in Aberdeenshire.”

For more information or to provide additional feedback, please contact a member of Education, Learning and Leisure’s Inclusion and Integration team:

Jackie Burnett, Quality Improvement Officer (Acting), jaqueline.burnett@aberdeenshire.gov.uk, Audrey Hendry, Quality Improvement Officer, audrey.hendry@aberdeenshire.gov.uk, Rhona Jarvis, Additional Support Needs Manager, rhona.jarvis@aberdeenshire.gov.uk, Pauline Stephen, Principal Psychologist, pauline.stephen@aberdeenshire.gov.uk