Parent carer forum delegates from across the country gave the SEND review team a great demonstration of the knowledge, passion and determination of parent carer forums at the annual NNPCF / Contact Conference on the 7th November in Chester.
196 delegates from 88 local areas engaged in an exercise to explore solutions to the issues facing the SEND system. They produced hundreds of recommendations, examples and challenges for the review team to consider.
The key messages grouped into seven themes, based on feedback that the NNPCF heard from member forums. These were:
- Listen to families and intervene early
- Make sure there is enough money and spend it well
- Align incentives for school and system leaders
- Increased accountability
- Right people, right knowledge, right skills
- Lifelong outcomes
You can find a copy of the report from our conference here;
This session built upon the work that the NNPCF steering group had already done in engaging with the SEND review at several meetings prior to the event including a session at which the SEND review team attended an NNPCF steering group meeting. You can find an update on our earlier work here http://www.nnpcf.org.uk/nnpcf-engagement-with-the-send-review/
The NNPCF are planning further regional events with the review team. We will keep you posted on these.