Schools, Colleges & Post 16 Provision

Useful Information Coronavirus COVID-19

We have put together some helpful information and support that you may find helpful during the current Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

These can be accessed on the dedicated page for Help and Information: Coronavirus COVID-19

Ministerial Letters during COVID-19 pandemic

To all children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), their parents/carers and families, and others who support them

 Joint Dept for Health & Social Care and Dept for Education Ministerial Letter 30.4.2020

Halton Borough Council's Update - 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 & Resource Bases
Colleges & Post 16 Provision
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.

Proposer Engagement Event for 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 at the Select Stadium, Widnes. Contact: Ann McIntyre, Operational Director – Education, Inclusion and Provision  [email protected]

SEMH Free School – Update

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

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 September 2019), the original consultation document and a summary of the consultation outcomes can be found below: