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SEND Sustainability Plan

If you are looking for information about our new SEND Sustainability Plan see 'SEND sustainability plan'

Our SEND sustainability plan - what this means for you.

Wiltshire Council has had its SEND Sustainability Plan rubber stamped by the government and we now have in place what is called a Safety Valve agreement. But what is the plan and why do we need it?

Why we need this plan

We want children and young people with additional needs and SEND to have the best possible start in life and have access to the support they need. It's important all children and young people have access to great opportunities and choices.

However, for the past few years like many other councils, we have been spending more on Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) than we receive from the government to fund these vital services.

We must maintain, and improve, the quality of support that children and young people in Wiltshire receive, while getting ourselves back to a balanced financial position. 

Our SEND Sustainability Plan explains in more detail how we will achieve this over the next five years. Safety Valve is a DfE programme (Wiltshire Dedicated Schools Grant document ( (opens new window)) that works with councils who have very high Special Educational Needs (SEND) budgets and it will help us achieve these aims.

We submitted our five-year plan to the Department for Education and it's been accepted.

We now have a clear way forward to do three things; secure long-term investment in SEND in Wiltshire, address the overspend issues in a managed way and create a long-term sustainable future.

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