05-06-2017 - Steve Fitzpatrick - Class People Blog - 0 comments
Can Class People help you source flexible, cost effective solutions to your SEND requirements at your School?

Class People have always tried to provide a cost effective solution for all of the schools we work with. After identifying a need for an SEN division, we managed a successful launch in September 2016 and have since managed to successfully place over 636 days of cover nationally, finding 27 Teachers and Teaching Assistants in long term or permanent work. In real terms we have helped over 50 schools provide their students with additional needs get the support they require at a cost that fits into school budgets. From September this academic year, we have 5 schools on our bulk buy scheme making them a total saving of £3,250. We also have four schools taking advantage of our ‘4 terms and in’ scheme which means that they have had a shared total saving of £15,000 since January 2017.

Our aim as an agency has always been to offer our services to schools for a fair cost to help in a time of deepening funding crisis.

According to the Department for Education and Skills (DfES), about 3/5 of children with Statements of SEN are currently placed Mainstream Schools. It was found that the number of pupils in Special Schools has remained fairly constant but the number of pupils in Mainstream Maintained schools has increased sharply with over 75% of children with statements of SEN for the first time being placed in Mainstream schools now.

A report was conducted by ‘The Key’, an organisation that provides leadership and management support to almost half of schools in England found that based on the views of more than 1,100 school leaders, far-reaching and systemic issues in the support currently available to children with SEND. Other stats included:

·        More than eight in 10 (82%) mainstream schools across England say they do not have sufficient funding and budget to adequately provide for pupils with SEND.

·        Almost nine in 10 (89%) school leaders believe cuts to local authorities’ services have had a detrimental impact on the support their school receives for pupils with SEND.

·        Three-quarters (75%) of schools have pupils who have been waiting longer than the expected maximum six weeks to hear if they will get a statutory assessment for an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

·        Almost nine in 10 (88%) school leaders think initial teacher training does not adequately prepare teachers to support pupils with SEND.

At Class People, although we are a business, we genuinely care about the wellbeing of the schools that work with us and the teachers we place into these schools. We have had a huge focus on recruiting the most relevant qualified and experienced teaching and support staff with a wide and varied experience across SEN. We are always keen to speak to schools and teachers/teaching assistants about how we work and explain how we have helped other schools/professionals.

If you are an education professional that is looking for your next role within SEN or a school that would like to discuss how we may be able to help you with your recruitment, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me on stevef@classpeople.co.uk or on 01242 898124.


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7th Floor, Eagle Tower, Montpellier Drive Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. GL50 1TA