Sufficiency of Specialist places for Children and Young People with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) across the Bradford District


The Council has a statutory duty to keep under review the provision it makes for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) whilst also ensuring there are sufficient specialist places available to meet the needs of the growing SEND population.


Bradford District has experienced a significant increase in demand for SEND provision in the last 10 years. Demand for SEND provision across the district is projected to grow and by 2019/2020 a minimum of 354 additional specialist places will be required across all sectors in the Bradford District.


An initial (pre-publication) consultation phase was held from 14 March to 11 April 2019. This was to share and gather information on the development of further specialist provision places to enhance the current specialist provision offer across the district and inform the proposals moving forward. The results of this consultation phase can be found on the link below.


In 2019/2020 the Council and a number of academies are proposing to increase the amount of specialist places available, to meet the current and future needs of children and young people with a range of SEND.


We are proposing to deliver this through a range of services; by expanding and developing further specialist provision to enhance the network of special schools, early years enhanced specialist provision (EYESPs), designated specialist provision (DSPs) and by creating new resourced provision (RP) places in mainstream schools.


The Council is working closely with the academies and is carrying out the academy school consultations on behalf of the academy trusts alongside the consultation process for maintained schools. However the final decision on the academies proposals rests with the DfE and the Regional Schools Commissioner not the Councils Executive as it does with LA maintained proposals.


We are now seeking the views of all stakeholders and interested parties on the Council’s and the academies’ proposals. Further information and details on these proposals can be found by visiting the below links:


Bradford Council’s Website

Local Offer Website

Bradford Schools Online Website


We are holding a number of public consultation meetings. Please see details of the scheduled events below:


  •  Tuesday  11th June : 13.45 - 14.45pm    City Hall  Ernest Saville Room Market Street Bradford BD1 1HY


  •  Friday 14th June :    10:00 – 11:00am  Keighley Library Annexe, Spencer Street, Keighley BD21 2BN

Your views are important to us; please take a few minutes to answer our short questionnaire by following the link below;



or if you do not have access to the internet or you would prefer a paper copy of this questionnaire or any of the documents, please contact – 01274 438260 or email:

The representation period will end on Thursday 20th June 2019, please ensure we have your comments and/or completed questionnaire by this date at the latest.