Bi-Borough SEND Partnership - a Digital Transformation Case Study
Like all frontline services, Special Education Needs and Disabilities or SEND is coming under increased financial pressure, alongside increased awareness and pupil population. It is something that will result in nearly a billion pounds of the deficit by 2021/22. It is a problem and one that the country’s first Bi-Borough partnership for SEND has sought to solve through the implementation of technology. Vik Verma, One SEND Project Director and Deborah Brooks, One SEND Culture and Change Lead explain more.
Is the 350m in extra SEND funding enough to make a difference?
Local authorities across the country are battling against a consistent stem of cuts and an increase in demand. This is relevant within SEND and all other frontline services. Most headlines will showcase the difficulties that services are running through but few choose to showcase the strides that local authorities have made when it comes to reversing the effects of continual cuts.
SEND figures have increased for the third consecutive year in a row
For the third consecutive year running, the number of pupils with special education needs (SEND) has increased, moving from 14.6% to 14.9% at the start of this year. This headline figure has been garnered from the Department of Education and shows that more than 1.3 million pupils are now classed as having Special Education Needs.
Children's Social Care
Birmingham Children’s Trust has launched with ECLIPSE from OLM
Birmingham City Council is the largest local authority in Europe. They represent the largest number of constituents as a single authority, at more than one million. With so many depending on them for such a wide range of services, they knew that they needed to look to technology in order to create efficiencies. This is where they found ECLIPSE and a means in which to effectively change their working practices.
OLM secures place on the G-Cloud 11 Framework
The UK Government G-Cloud Framework is an initiative targeted at easing procurement by public-sector bodies in departments of the United Kingdom Government of information technology services that use Cloud computing.
Angus Council are live with ECLIPSE
Angus Council’s ECLIPSE software goes live, enhancing systems of support for Children and Families.
Adult Social Care
Artificial Intelligence and the possibilities of billions saved in health and social care
2050. It seems like a long way off but like the impending storm that is Brexit, it will be here sooner than we know. Experts in the sector believe that this will be a key year for Artificial Intelligence (AI) as this is the year that experts predict AI will be able to perform any intellectual task a human can perform.
Brentwood Borough Council’s Journey to the Cloud
Brentwood’s “Phases of Modern” project aims to transform desktop and business systems and make them fit for purpose for the modern workplace. The project originally went to committee in 2015 and involved a relatively minor uptake of Cloud technology for Disaster Recovery (DR) purposes.
At the time, Brentwood needed to replace a shelf in their ageing Storage Area Network (SAN). Three options were considered:
- do nothing and sweat the asset
- buy a replacement or
- do something different.
Will Boris Johnson be able to keep his social care promises?
An honest politician seems to be the hardest thing in the universe to attain. Harder than a Plumber or Builder. The reputation of politicians is at its lowest point and so we have to ask ourselves the question, will Boris Johnson keep his social care promises? It seems as though it should be the easiest question in the world to answer but experience dictates the questioning of this statement.