Stockton-on-Tees and Darlington LAs
Read about how Stockton-on-Tees Children, Education and Social Care department and Darlington Children’s Services worked in partnership to develop a joint system to track and monitor progress and value for money (VfM) in special educational needs (SEN).
The LAs’ systems used the principles set out in the National Strategies'/Audit Commission's VfM toolkit but went further to provide costed provision management for both the LAs and for schools.
The two LAs jointly employed a monitoring team that worked with schools. The team used the costed provision management system to provide detailed value-added data on a learner-by-learner basis in schools and allowed both LAs to develop value-added data on a school-by-school basis.
The LAs were able to demonstrate that:
- learners within the two boroughs who were identified as having SEN made better-than-average progress
- they and their schools could measure the impact of individual interventions on individual learners or groups of learners.