Our Vision, Policy and Improvements

We want parents and carers of children and young people with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities to be confident in the services Birmingham City Council provide. This section of the website provides you with information about the policies that shape these services as well as information about the work we are doing to improve.

The Birmingham Vision

“By working together with families and communities we want to support all children and young people, aged from 0 to 25, with SEND to meet their potential, live healthy lives and become active citizens within their communities”.

The Birmingham Promise

Birmingham City Council and the NHS for Birmingham and Solihull are committed to promoting the achievement and wellbeing of all children and young people in the city, including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

Following the SEND inspection in June 2018 the SEND Improvement programme is now shaping its vision for more localised support and provision, working closely with parents and carers. We believe that the majority of school age learners can and should be educated with others their age in their local community school which is properly equipped and fit for purpose. To do this, the SEND local board have set out 5 key themes:

  • getting the climate right – vision, policy and culture
  • building capacity to ensure staff have the confidence, expertise and access to specialist support to enable this to happen.
  • having a Quality Assurance Framework to ensure the best possible outcomes for children and young people are achieved.
  • maximising the use of resources and provision to ensure we make the most effective use of them.
  • developing strong partnerships within local areas.

How we measure success/our shared ambitions are to see:

  • the local offer is appropriate to meeting the current and future needs
  • higher achievement among pupils who have special educational needs and disabilities
  • fewer pupils in segregated provision and greater inclusion in the local community
  • reduction in exclusions, children out of school and NEET population
  • better use of specialist provision that meets local needs
  • increased confidence in mainstream schools
  • a more highly trained workforce
  • feedback from parents, pupils and school staff have better access to information and support and that shows they feel more supported by education, health and social care
  • better transitions and improved progression pathways that supports preparation for adulthood.
Birmingham’s Strategy for Children and Young People with SEND – 2019

This refreshed version of Birmingham’s Strategy for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) has been co-produced by a range of stakeholders and sets out the local area’s strategic priorities relating to SEND, building on and complementing the work of the previous strategy. In response to the changing needs of the population, it is important that SEND strategy remains relevant and responsive to local needs. The priorities that guide our work have been developed through consultation across the City, including the views of children, young people and families.

Birmingham’s Strategy for SEND [PDF version]


Birmingham Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Written Statement of Action

In 2018, Ofsted and Care Quality Commission (CQC), undertook a joint local area Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) inspection, across Birmingham City Council and NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group.  The letter from Ofsted explaining the strengths and areas for improvement following the inspection can be found below:

Ofsted Local Area Inspection Letter Sept 2018 [PDF version]

The Written Statement Of Action (WSOA) developed in response to inspection focusses on a number of priorities that is driving through rapid improvements and long-term sustainable change across SEND services for our children and young people, and their parents and carers.

You can see a copy of the WSOA here 

A report outlining the progress that has been made will be available to read here shortly.



To drive through the changes that the local authority are making to ensure children with SEND have the same opportunities and services as all children and young people, a two year inclusion programme has been developed and implemented (September 2019 – July 2021).  

Find out more about our two-year inclusion programme below:

Joint Strategic Needs Assessment

The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is an assessment of the current and future health and social care needs of the people of Birmingham. It is the responsibility of the Health and Wellbeing Board and its purpose is to inform local organisations enabling them to plan services for the future.

You can read the most recent JSNA below:

SEND JSNA Document

SEND Parent Carer Survey

The views of our parents and Carers are important to us and help to shape the work we do.

You can view the summaries of Parent Carer Surveys that have been undertaken since December 2018 below.

SEND Parent and Carer Survey Summary (Dec 2019) [PDF version]

SEND Parent and Carer Survey Summary (June 2019) [PDF version]

SEND Parent and Carer Survey Summary (Dec 2018) [PDF version]

SEND Parent and Carer Survey 2018-20: Analysis of quantitative responses (May 2021) [PDF version]

The local authority have recently commissioned a SEND sufficiency review and it will publish its findings in September 2020.

Birmingham SEND Newsletters

To help keep you up to date with what is happening in Birmingham we regularly publish a SEND newsletter. You can find copies of the most recent newsletters here:

Birmingham SEND Newsletter Feb 2020

SEND Code of Practice

Much of the work that the Local Authority and Schools in Birmingham do for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities is guided by the SEND Code of Practice (2015).

Find out more about the SEND Code of Practice