Freedom of information response

National Deaf Children's Society

Publication date: 
Tuesday 21 May 2019
Request: 

1. Please state the name, job title and contact details of the person completing this form

2. Do you plan on reducing the overall budget allocated for

a) specialist education support services for all children with special educational needs in 2019/20? 

Yes / No

b) specialist education support services specifically for deaf/hearing impaired children in 2019/20?

Yes / No

c) Please give details

3. Do you plan on reducing the overall number of specialist education staff working with deaf/hearing impaired children in 2019/20?

Yes / No

4. Please complete the table below giving details of the budgeted spend for specialist education services for deaf/hearing impaired children in 2018/19 and 2019/20.

We have already included the information your authority provided last year and have given 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 2019/20 figures. 

2018/19 budgeted spend Is your actual spend for 2018/19 likely to vary from this figure? If yes, please explain  2019/20
budgeted spend If there is a planned reduction since 2018/19, please explain
Net budget (£) (i.e. budget allocation) £927,500   
Gross budget(£) (i.e. budget allocation plus any additional income generated or expected to be generated) £927,500   

5. Do the figures above include budgeted spend on children without a hearing impairment?   (e.g. vision impaired or MSI children)

a. Yes / No

b. If yes, please provide details

6. Please complete the table below giving details of budgeted staffing levels in the specialist education service for deaf/hearing impaired children in 2018/19 and 2019/20. 

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)

We have already included the information your authority provided last year and have given a column for you to update if this changed during the year.

Please note you may need to ask schools for this information.

2018/19 number of FTE posts
How many of these posts were vacant 2018/19?
How many of these posts were frozen in 2018/19?
2019/20 number of FTE posts  How many of these posts will be vacant in 2019/20? How many of these posts will be frozen in 2019/20?

a) Team management (e.g. team leader, Head of Service etc.) 0.2 None N/A   
b) Specialist Teachers of the Deaf involved in direct peripatetic service delivery 1.8 None N/A   
c) Specialist Teachers of the Deaf involved in any specialist or resource provision (units) in mainstream schools centrally funded by the local authority 3 + (1) Trainee ToD None N/A   
d) Communication support workers, specialist teaching assistant, any other specialist staff or those working in a similar role to a CSW or a TA 30.2 None N/A   
e) Other (please give details)

2.6 Deaf Instructor

0.6 Audiology Technician None N/A   

7. How many resource provisions, bases or specialist units for deaf/hearing impaired children were there in your local authority in September 2018?

1 Primary
1 Secondary

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

9. Are any changes planned to resource provisions, bases or specialist units for deaf/hearing impaired children in your local authority in 2019/20?

10. Are there any plans to review the specialist education service for deaf/hearing impaired children in 2019/20?

i. Yes/No

ii. If yes, please provide details, brief outline, timeline and any consultations

11. Please use the box below to provide any further information about education services for deaf children in your area.

Response: 

Please see attached

Request reference:
FOI 8835