A wide-ranging review of SEND provision in Guernsey and Alderney, commissioned by the previous Committee for Education, Sport and Culture and carried out by nasen, has found some excellent, inclusive practice in States-funded schools however recommendations have been made to ensure this is extended to all learners.
The SEND Review identified that the effective practice happening to support learners with SEND is not always consistent everywhere and so the experience of learners and their families can vary.
18 recommendations arose from the SEND Review with the Committee for Education, Sport and Culture sharing their commitment to taking all possible steps to implement them. The recommendations range from every school having a full-time SEND co-ordinator and expanding the age-range for access to SEND provision, to a year-on-year increase to the overall level of resource for SEND and inclusion.
Professor Adam Boddison, Chief Executive of nasen said: “My team and I were delighted to have the opportunity to lead the SEND Review and we thank the many learners, families and other stakeholders who we met, and who participated in this review.
“It is quite clear that there is already some excellent, inclusive practice in place and we hope our recommendations help to ensure this can now be extended to all learners, all of the time.’
The review, which was agreed by the States in September 2019 and began in early 2020, was designed to identify good practice and also inform the evolution of provision, identifying opportunities that will support the on-going development of an educationally inclusive culture across the Bailiwick.
The Guernsey and Alderney SEND Review can be read in full here.