Dedicated Schools Grant consultation

Stockport Council are asking residents, parents, carers and young people to share their views on the future provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) as part of a public consultation that that opened on Friday 9th October and will run for eight weeks closing on Friday 4th December 2020.

The consultation comes after a six-month review was undertaken of the £32m that Stockport spends each year on our SEND provision in the High Needs Funding block of the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG).  The DSG is the budget that the government allocates to the council every year to fund local schools and education services.  

The High Needs Funding is spent on top-up funding for children and young people with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs), all places at our specialist schools, resourced units, Pupil Referral Units and external placements (including independent school places) and also funds some of our support services.

As well as the online public consultation, Stockport Council is also running a number of focus groups to understand individuals’ perspectives on the recommendations. There is a limit of 20 places at each focus group and they will be taking place online via Zoom: 

  • Parents and carers of a child who is accessing SEND Support or with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) – 18th November 2020 at 19:15- 20:30. This focus group will be facilitated by PACTS  and Stockport Council.  
  • Parents and carers of a child who has an EHCP – 18th November 2020 at 10:30. This focus group will be facilitated by Qa Research, an independent market and social research organisation, on behalf of Stockport Council.
  • Parents and carers of children and young people who attend a Pupil Referral Unit (PRU)- 19th November 2020 at 10:30.  This focus group will be facilitated by  Qa Research, an independent market and social research organisation on behalf of Stockport Council. 

If you would like to take part in a focus group, please email your name, email and phone number and indicate which workshop you would like to take part in to DSG@stockport.gov.uk .  Please note that expressing an interest does not guarantee that you will be invited to take part in the focus group, and Stockport Council is not able to offer a choice in which focus group you attend if you are eligible to be part of more than one group. 

If you have expressed an interest the EHCP or PRU focus groups (18th November 10am and 19th November 10:30), your details will then be passed to Qa Research, an independent market and social research organisation, who will then select at random and contact participants. By leaving your contact details, you agree to Stockport MBC sharing your contact information with Qa for this purpose.  Those that are selected and take part will receive £20 as a thank you for their time and contribution. 

If you have expressed an interest in the joint PACTS/SMBC focus group (18th November 19:15), your contact details will not be shared with PACTs or Qa Research.  Participants will receive £20 as a thank you for their time and contribution.