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New SEND Strategy 2022-2025

Our Barnsley 2030 vision commits to believing in the possibilities of Barnsley and to the future, with excitement and optimism. Our borough is a place that fosters and grows ambition, enabling everyone to be the best they can be.

Barnsley 2030 is relevant to everyone in the borough, including children and young people with special education needs and those who are vulnerable. We all have an important role in working with our partners and stakeholders across the organisational, private, public, voluntary and community sectors to achieve the vision of Barnsley’s future and our long-term ambitions.
By 2030 we want everyone to benefit from, and contribute to, making our borough a thriving place of possibilities.

We sincerely thank all our partners and stakeholders, including our children, young people and parents and carers who have invested time and effort to create our SEND Strategy 2022-2025 which is now available to view online at

It sets out our values, guiding principles and priorities for improving the range of outcomes for children and young people with SEND, and will steer the work of partners across education, health and care, implemented through the SEND Improvement Programme.

To keep everyone up to date with how things are progressing, we'll continue to work in partnership with everyone to deliver on our commitments to children and young people with SEND.

Joint Commissioning Strategy 2021 - 2023

The Children's Joint Commissioning Strategy (2021-23) shows the ways that Health, Education and Social Care services will work together to help improve outcomes for all children. It highlights ways that:

  • Services are working together
  • How they coordinate planning,
  • Explains Joint Commissioning
  • Explains Joint delivery
You can download the full strategy here

Barnsley Children and Young People's SEND Plan 2020-2022

The plan looks at:

  • What it is like to be a child, young person, or young adult with SEND
  • How this should shape what services should offer
  • The plan has been developed in partnership with the SEND Youth Forum
  • Development and commission of our services in Barnsley.

The plan and the solutions will drive improvements in delivering high quality services, and improve outcomes and opportunities for Barnsley children and young people with SEND.

The plan has been developed in partnership with the SEND Youth Forum.

You can download the plan here 

Engagement and Participation Strategy 2020-2022

The strategy sets out opportunities for engagement and participation, making sure children, young people and their parents/carers have a say.

The strategy has been developed by Barnsley Council and Barnsley CCG, working with the SEND Youth Forum and SEND parents and carers to ensure their views are reflected.

You can download a copy here

BMBC Placement Sufficiency Strategy

Local authorities have to make sure that there are sufficient (enough) good school places for all pupils including those with SEND who need more specialist provision. 

BMBC and the Children and Young People’s Trust have published a ‘Placement Sufficiency Strategy ' which looks at: the support and learning needs of pupils with SEND.

It will help make more places for pupils with SEND in both mainstream and special schools. 

 You can download a copy here

Preparation for Adulthood (PfA) Strategy 2021 - 2022

The Preparation for Adulthood Strategy looks at: 

  • Strategic Aims and Key Principles 
  • Five key areas of focus
  • Priorities 
  • What BMBC Will Do

You can download the full strategy here

Jargon Buster : What does that mean?

Strategic aim  What the strategy hopes to achieve.'
Key principlesKey points 
Mainstream schoolAny school that mainly meets the needs of pupils who do not have special educational needs.
Engagementbeing involved in something

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