Education, Early Years & Childcare

NEW Halton Graduated Approach and Strategy Toolkit

Schools, Colleges & Post 16 Provision

Consultation News

Halton SEND Strategy 2021-2025

The SEND Strategic Partnership has approved the new Strategy, four new Priority Groups are to be set up to lead on these for the next five years, these groups will develop Action Plans identifying targets, outcomes/milestones and deadlines. The new Priorities are:

  • Working Better Together – by working better together needs are identified early and met at the right time, by services that are fully inclusive in practice and processes;
  • Preparing for Adulthood – we will maximise young people’s ability to thrive, be independent and reach their goals for adult life;
  • Empowerment (Communication and Co-production) – Professionals will work positively with children, young people and families to provide them with access to the information they need to build provision and services together;
  • Educational Inclusion – Children and young people can fulfil their potential supported by educational settings.

Proposal for Brookfields School: off-site satellite classes at The Grange School, Runcorn

This consultation proposal is by Shaw Education Trust with the support of Halton Borough Council, for Brookfields School to run two off-site satellite classes within The Grange School Runcorn.  This would require an increase of Number on Roll (NOR) to 110. Full details of the proposal is available in the Brookfields Consultation Document 2021

  • Consultation Response Form is available here
  • Please return your completed form to [email protected]
  • Consultation closing date is Wednesday 9th June 2021

Halton Borough Council’s Youth Provision

The consultation will shape the future of Youth Provision in the Borough with a view to launching a new look service late Spring 2021.  The Council will continue to provide a range of services and opportunities for Halton young people until the new service is fully embedded. Halton Borough Council’s Youth Service aims to secure, so far as reasonably practicable, equality of access for all young people to the positive, preventative and early help needed to improve their well-being. Young people’s views when making decisions about future youth provision and activities for them have been sought via the consultation in partnership with Halton Youth Cabinet, Youth Focus North West, and Commonplace.

  • In the interim, from 1st August 2020 to support some of the more vulnerable young people Halton Borough Council’s Early Help and Intervention team will provide dedicated Youth Support and Treatment to these young people in a holistic family way.
    • Any young person needing 1-1 support for substance misuse please contact iCART: The team can be contacted during the hours of 9am to 5pm from Monday to Thursday and 9am to 4pm on Friday, call 0151 907 8305. If you have an urgent (safeguarding) concern outside these hours, please call the Emergency Duty Team (EDT) on 0345 0500148.
    • The Council and the Youth Focus North West will support the Youth Cabinet and the Youth Parliament from 1st August ensuring they can still continue to meet and represent their members.
    • Support has also been arranged for a number of other key groups that young people have advised are important to them including LGBTQI and Special Educational Needs.
    • With support from the NW Region Duke of Edinburgh Awards team and through our registered local schools and settings this important programme will continue to be available in Halton.
    • Finally as we know that there is a huge amount of good innovative work with young people happening within our local communities we are going to offer the opportunity for local organisations to apply for a small grant between £5,000 and £10,000 in late summer early Autumn.

SEMH Free School

The Secretary of State decided that our joint bid with St Helen Borough Council to establish a Social, Emotional and Mental Health Free School in Halton Borough Council be approved to proceed to the next stage of the process, involving a trust competition. An engagement event was held on Tuesday 21st May 2019 and a meeting was held on Thursday 19th September 2019 for organisations to meet with Parents and Carer representatives to discuss the proposed Joint SEMH Free School in Halton. Contact: Ann McIntyre, Operational Director – Education, Inclusion and Provision  [email protected]

Special Provision Capital Fund Consultation Outcome

As required by the Department for Education, the Local Authority consulted on a proposal to provide capital investment in both the primary and secondary sectors in Halton, to assist in the reduction of placements at independent providers, particularly out of borough and associated transport costs for children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs. A link to the Short Plan (updated June 2021), the original consultation document and a summary of the consultation outcomes can be found below:


COVID-19 information
Government guidance – education and childcare

The Education secretary, Gavin Williamson, announced the government’s plans for the full re-opening of schools in September, separate guidance for special schools, early years and childcare providers and FE colleges and providers is now available. The expectation is that children and young people with SEND will be able to return to full-time provision from the beginning of the Autumn term.

Ministerial Letters to all children and young people with SEND, their parents/carers and families, and others who support them

March 2021 prep for return to school

How remote education is working for children and young people with SEND

  • Ofsted video – findings on remote learning, what has worked well for some children and young people with SEND

Information for children, young people and families for going back to school/educational provision – Halton Borough Council

EHC Plans

We are committed to continue to support the EHC Plan process, however, not all the assessment advice will be immediately available.  Assessments for an EHC Plan may look different as these are not currently being undertaken face to face. We have moved to do this work by telephone or video calls where possible. Our decision-making panels will still take place but this work will be done remotely. We will continue to review these necessary changes.


Primary Schools
Special Schools & Halton Specialist Provision

NEW updated Halton Specialist Provision
Provides details of the different types of SEND provision, number of place and Resource Bases available within mainstream schools for pupils across the Borough with staff trained, qualified and experienced in specific areas of needs.


All other Independent Special Schools and Special Post-16 Provision (Section 41 List)
Known as the Section 41 List The Secretary of State for Education has approved these under Section 41 of the Children and Families Act 2014 for children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND). The Government update this list termly.
Policy Statement about Out of Borough Provision
This Policy Statement explains Halton’s approach to Out of Borough Provision on the Local Offer.