Education, Early Years & Childcare

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 sbm.brookfields@halton.gov.uk
  • Consultation closing date was Wednesday 9th June 2021

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 in May 2019 for organisations to meet with Parents and Carer representatives to discuss the proposed Joint SEMH Free School in Halton.

Following a rigorous selection process, the Youth Engagement Services Trust was selected to oversee any new SEMH Free School, on behalf of Halton and St Helens Local Authorities. The project, led by the Department for Education (DfE), identified a provisional site for the proposed new school on Naylor Road in Widnes. However, due to a number of setbacks, not least the COVID-19 Pandemic, the project has been pushed back considerably, and at the time of writing (November 2021) planning permission has not yet been sought. The DfE sanctioned some consultation meetings with local residents, which ran earlier in the autumn term 2021, and in October 2021 local councillors and local authority officers met with local residents to discuss the proposals, and provide an update on progress, which, as detailed above, has not yet reached planning application stage.

Contact: Martin West, Interim, Operational Director – Education, Inclusion and Provision  martin.west@halton.gov.uk

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:


Primary Schools
Special Schools & Halton Specialist Provision

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.