Issue details

High Needs – Proposed new arrangement for helping children and young people with additional needs to learn and succeed

To seek Cabinet approval of proposals for changing the way children with additional needs are supported.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000 and 2 Divisions affected;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Notice of proposed decision first published: 30/08/2018

Decision due: 30 Jan 2019 by Cabinet

Lead member: Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member - Children's Safeguarding and Early Years

Contact: Stewart King, Lead Commissioner for Education and Skills Email:


Mainstream schools
Special schools
Alternative Provision schools
Other professionals working with children
Parents of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Scrutiny Input: The Children and Families Scrutiny Committee has not considered high needs as a specific agenda item, but is aware of the challenges in terms of funding and outcomes for children with additional needs.

Planned Dates: If the proposals are agreed: November 2018 onwards - develop implementation plans with key stakeholders November 2018 – initiate pilot ‘hubs’ in primary schools April 2019 – implement revised model for Alternative Provision


  • Cabinet Member decision: consultation on new arrangements for supporting children with high needs – 30 May 2018  
  • Consultation paper: “Additional Needs: helping children and young people learn and succeed"  
  • Summary outcomes from consultation