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Our Vision, Policy and Improvements

We want parents and carers of children and young people with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities to be confident in the services Birmingham City Council provide. This section of the website provides you with information about the policies that shape these services as well as information about the work we are doing to improve.

Birmingham’s Strategy for Children and Young People with SEND – 2019

This refreshed version of Birmingham’s Strategy for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) has been co-produced by a range of stakeholders and sets out the local area’s strategic priorities relating to SEND, building on and complementing the work of the previous strategy. In response to the changing needs of the population, it is important that SEND strategy remains relevant and responsive to local needs. The priorities that guide our work have been developed through consultation across the City, including the views of children, young people and families.

Birmingham's Strategy for SEND [PDF version]

Birmingham Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Written Statement of Action

In 2018,  Ofsted and Care Quality Commission (CQC), undertook a joint local area Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) inspection, across Birmingham City Council and NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group.  The letter from Ofsted explaining the strengths and areas for improvement following the inspection can be found below:

Ofsted Local Area Inspection Letter Sept 2018 [PDF version]

The WSOA developed in response to inspection focusses on a number of priorities that is driving through rapid improvements and long-term sustainable change across SEND services for our children and young people, and their parents and carers.
A report outlining the progress that has been made will shortly be available on this site. 

To drive through the changes that the local authority are making to ensure children with SEND have the same opportunities and services as all children and young people, a two year inclusion programme has been developed and implemented (September 2019 – July 2021).  

Find out more about our two year inclusion programme below:


Joint Strategic Needs Assessment

The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is an assessment of the current and future health and social care needs of the people of Birmingham. It is the responsibility of the Health and Wellbeing Board and its purpose is to inform local organisations enabling them to plan services for the future.

You can read the most recent JSNA below:

Joint Strategic Needs Assessment 2019 (published Jan 2020) [Word Version]

SEND Parent Carer Survey

The views of our parents and Carers are important to us and help to shape the work we do.

You can view the summaries of Parent Carer Surveys that have been undertaken since December 2018 below.

SEND Parent and Carer Survey Summary (Dec 2019) [PDF version]

SEND Parent and Carer Survey Summary (June 2019) [PDF version]

SEND Parent and Carer Survey Summary (Dec 2018) [PDF version]

The local authority have recently commissioned a SEND sufficiency review and it will publish its findings in September 2020.

Birmingham SEND Newsletters

To help keep you up to date with what is happening in Birmingham we regularly publish a SEND newsletter. You can find copies of the most recent newsletters here:

Birmingham SEND Newsletter Feb 2020

SEND Code of Practice 

Much of the work that the Local Authority and Schools in Birmingham do for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities is guided by the SEND Code of Practice (2015).

Find out more about the SEND Code of Practice 


Helpful documents

You can find all the documents that you may need to apply for different types of support here.

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SEND Guide [PDF version]

SEND Guide [Word version]

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