Freedom of information response

Education Services for deaf children

Publication date: 
Friday 17 April 2020
Request: 

Please state the name, job title and contact details of the person completing this form and/or the same details for the person ultimately responsible

Do you plan on reducing the overall budget allocated for:

  • (a) specialist education support services for all children with special educational needs in 2020/21? Yes / No
  • (b) specialist education support services specifically for deaf/hearing impaired children in 2020/21? Yes / No

Please give details for both a) and b) (please continue on separate sheet if necessary and provide all associated documentation or correspondence giving insight into the corresponding budgetary changes)

Do you plan on reducing the hours and/or the numbers of specialist education staff working with deaf/hearing impaired children in 2020/21? Yes / No

Please give details (please continue on separate sheet if necessary and provide all associated documentation or correspondence giving insight into the corresponding staffing changes)

Please complete the table below giving details of the budgeted spend for specialist education services for deaf/hearing impaired children in 2019/20 and 2020/21.

We have provided a column for you to state if budgeted spend is expected to vary from actual spend. Please use figures for budgeted spend (NOT actual spend) for 2020/21 figures.

  2019/20 budgeted spend Is your actual spend for 2019/20 likely to vary from this figure? If yes, please explain 2020/21 budgeted spend If there is a reduction since 2019/20, please explain
Gross budget(£) (i.e. budget allocation plus any additional income generated or expected to be generated)        
Net budget (£) (i.e. budget allocation)        

What services does the budgeted spend include (please continue on separate sheet if necessary and provide all associated documentation or correspondence giving insight into the corresponding budgets)?

Please complete the table below giving details of budgeted staffing levels in the specialist education service for deaf/hearing impaired children in 2019/20 and 2020/21.

If any of the posts include a combination of management and service delivery roles or if staff work flexibly across roles, please ensure the approximate time spent on each is accurately divided between rows a), b) and/or c) and expressed as a full time equivalent (FTE). Please note you may need to ask schools for this information.

  2019/20 number of FTE posts How many of these posts were vacant 2019/20? How many of these posts were frozen in 2019/20? 2020/21 number of FTE posts How many of these posts will be vacant in 2020/21? How many of these posts will be frozen in 2020/21?
(a) Team management (e.g. team leader, Head of Service etc.) – not including hours spent on direct peripatetic service delivery            
(b) Specialist Teachers of the Deaf involved in direct peripatetic service delivery – not including time spent on team management            
(c) Specialist Teachers of the Deaf involved in any specialist or resource provision (units) in mainstream schools centrally funded by the local authority            
(d) Communication support workers, specialist teaching assistant, any other specialist staff or those working in a similar role to a CSW or a TA            
(e) Other (please give details)            

How many resource provisions, bases or specialist units for deaf/hearing impaired children were there in your local authority in September 2019?

How many resource provisions, bases or specialist units for deaf/hearing impaired children will there be in your local authority in September 2019? How many of those are funded by the Local Authority?

Do you provide funding for parents of deaf/hearing impaired children to access sign language training? Yes/No

Please give details (please continue on separate sheet if necessary and provide all associated documentation or correspondence giving insight into the funding for BSL)

Are there any plans to review the specialist education service for deaf/hearing impaired children? Yes/No. If yes, please provide details, brief outline, timeline and any consultations.

Please use the box below to provide any further information about education services for deaf children in your area (including any changes to commissioning services).

Response: 

Please see attached document Appendix A.

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Request reference:
FOI 9827