All of our families, children and young people are supported to get the best start in life

Are we achieving our targets?

Green – 6; Amber – 1; Red – 4; M – 7

Are we getting better?


Improved performance


Stayed the same


Requires improvement


Further information is needed or the latest measure is unavailable

2019/20 Q4

2019/20 Q3

  • The proportion of secondary school age children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) educated in a mainstream school remained below target and lower than in similar areas. This will not be addressed by short term measures and the council is currently in the process of completing a high needs strategic review of SEND which is considering options to best support children with an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP).
  • The take up of free early education, both by all eligible two-year olds and by eligible two-year olds from the 30% most deprived areas in the borough, improved significantly and both measures performed better than target.
  • The take up of free early education for eligible 3-4 year olds from the 30% most deprived areas in the borough also improved from 1086 to 1242 places. This reflects extremely strong performance around 98% of the eligible cohort (approximately 1260 children).
  • Performance on the number of complex families achieving sustained employment outcomes slowed and remained red against target. There were a number of job starts supported by the team which could not be reported under this indicator as they were either not sufficiently significant or were not sustained beyond six months.

2019/20 Q2

  • There was a significant reduction in the rate of children in need, 257 against a target of 300. The rate of children in need continued to reduce steadily and performance at second review was significantly better than target. This has been attributed to high quality practice, a strengthened interface between Early Help and Social Care, and a range of specific interventions.
  • Parent satisfied with their child’s final special educational needs and disability (SEND) education, health and care plan was sustained at 100%, well above target. The majority of responses received were obtained via telephone survey, although post and on-line options were also available.