Forums may benefit from engaging their LAs to talk about how this funding could be used to improve local services. There is a requirement that parents are involved in how the investment in specialist placements in schools and the increase in capital funding is used to target where needs are greatest within the community. The upcoming evidence gathering into SEN support financial contributions is highly welcomed, we would hope this spotlight on the use of notional budgets will stimulate local discussions on how they are being effectively and creatively used to meet needs appropriately.
The Secretary of State also announces a SEND System Leadership Board which we hope will go some way in improving joint working processes which in theory should already be demonstrated locally through Joint Strategic Needs Analyses, Health and Well-being Boards, and SEND Strategic Boards. We hope the new focus on this leads to a stronger parent carer voice within these joint working groups improving local decision making.