In November 2012, the Doran Review, which focused on the learning provision for children with complex additional support needs (ASN), was published by the Scottish Government. The review contained the following key recommendations:
- National funding to the value of £11million, for children with complex ASN, should be retained
- A national strategic planning and commissioning process should be developed for children with complex ASN
- There was recognition of the continuing need for specialist services
- The revenue grant provided to the Grant Aided Special Schools, of which Harmeny is one, should continue for up to five years.
A ‘Project Board’ was set up to follow through the key outcomes from the review, with a number of workstreams considering the various strands of the review, including the following:
- Support to the Grant Aided Special Schools, in relation to the transition to a new funding model
- A ‘Needs Analysis’ for children with complex ASN
- The development of a strategic commissioning model, for the future allocation of national funding for children with complex ASN
- Supporting the development of local and regional commissioning, for children with ASN
- Communicating the ongoing work of the Project Board.
In 2015, a Strategic Commissioning Group was set up to consider the development of a ten year strategy for the future commissioning of services across a number of areas. The strategy is progressing and is expected to be communicated by the Autumn of 2018.
This is a highly significant review for Harmeny and we are committed to working with the Scottish Government, grant aided schools and other key stakeholders to ensure a joined up approach to providing for the future needs of children with complex ASN across Scotland.
Further information on the Doran Review, the work of the Strategic Commissioning Project and Commissioning Group, can be found at: